Saturday, March 29, 2008

Alzheimer's: How to help the caregivers

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Alzheimer's caregivers need all the help they can get. If you'd like to help, but don't know how, here are some tips.

Everybody says the same thing when a friend is going through a difficult time: "Let me know how I can help." But such offers are often difficult to accept — primarily because they're not specific.

It's much easier to accept concrete offers, such as:

  • "I'm going to the grocery store. May I pick up a few things for you?"
  • "I've got a couple of hours free tomorrow afternoon. May I sit in for you while you run a few errands?"
  • "I made an extra big meatloaf so that I could share it with you. I brought enough to last you for several meals."
  • "Do you need some laundry done? I can come over today and do it. Or maybe I could help you sort medical bills or do dishes."

  • Even sending a card or making a phone call means a lot.
    Often visits are even better
    Sometimes a caregiver just needs a little contact with the outside world.

    Be gently persistent in your offers of help
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