Nurse Dougherty shares three tips for a woman who s a caregiver to an Alzheimer's disease patient.
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EmpowHer: What three tips do you have for a woman who is an Alzheimer's disease caregiver? Jan Dougherty: Three tips; First, I would say learn how to get help. Don't try to do it alone. There are many ways to get help. If you are not hooked up with the Banner Alzheimer's Institute, the Alzheimer's Association is a wonderful place to begin learning about the disease and getting connected to a support group or even finding a confidant in just knowing that you don't have to be alone. The other I guess advice I would give is don't feel like it's all gloom and doom, that there is help to be found. There is joy to be found. There are resources to help you make a difference. The third thing I would say is stop fighting with your loved one. It's not about being right and often times that's the hardest thing for us as family members to see this person change and we want to correct them and that creates a lot of grave. So as a basic principle, just stop fighting and learn how to communicate in a different way to go along with the person and the journey that they are in that at the end of the day, your life will be a lot easier and the person will be much happier if we just stop arguing.
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