Advice for caring for a loved one with dementia

Know your limits: It’s important to remember that you are only one person, and there is only so much you can do. Focus on what you can do and accept what you cannot. 

Prioritise: If you have a lot of different things to do, it may help to prioritise. Work out the things you need to do and the less important things, and do the most important things first.

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Deal with your feelings: It is essential to understand your feelings and accept your negative feelings. Others will be feeling the same. Negative emotions sometimes do not make you a bad person, and being aware of your thoughts can make it easier to cope with and move on.

When things get frustrating, think about why. Do you overdo things? Do you need access to help? By understanding why you feel the way you do, you can better decide what suits you and those you care for. Find out about Challenging behaviour training by visiting

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Talk about it: Talking is often the first step to dealing with emotions. Talking can help you to feel less alone and anxious. Keeping your feelings locked up will likely make things worse, which isn’t good for you and the people you care about. Talking also provides an opportunity to put things into perspective.

Talk to other caregivers: Talking about your experiences with other caregivers can also be very beneficial, and you can share advice and discuss your experiences. Talking about your feelings with other caregivers may also be more accessible because they understand what you are experiencing.

The author is an expert on occupational training and a prolific writer who writes extensively on Business, technology, and education. He can be contacted for professional advice in matters related with occupation and training on his blog Communal Business and Your Business Magazine.