This week was supposed to be Dementia Action Week, a time for raising awareness about the family of diseases that cause memory loss and impairment to everyday abilities.
The issue we’re facing right now has changed, not only the date of this important event but also our everyday lives.
Because of Covid-19, carers are finding it more difficult than usual to manage the everyday. This is because you’re used to a degree of respite, with carers, overnight centres or daycare from Me2U Centre. You can still get help from paid carers if you need a little rest, but not being able to go out is tough.
Going out means that for a pocket of time, you feel like your old self again, even if it’s just a case of reading a book in a café or getting your hair done. Little treats like these have gone for now, but it’s not forever.
Here are some of the best tips for managing dementia and for self-care during this difficult epoch.
Looking after your person
You can apply these tips to help your loved one stick to the rules and feel okay.
- Use signage to remind them about good handwashing and doing it often.
- Go for walks at quieter parts of the day so they don’t try to go near others.
- Get shopping and medication delivered to the home.
- Get out and about in the fresh air if you can for some Vitamin D and greenery.
- Organise video calls with family over Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp.
- Develop a structure to the day so you and they know what to expect.
- Do some fun activities as suggested by Alzheimer’s Society – these include online singing, theatre performances and reminiscence.
Taking care of yourself
Someone once said: “Don’t pour from an empty cup,” so prioritise your health and wellbeing in order to give back in abundance.
- Cut out any unnecessary things in your day so you don’t tire yourself out.
- Include something you enjoy in each day, such as reading a book.
- Write in a journal if you’re sad, depressed or upset – This can help you process your feelings more than simply talking.
- Make an effort to call people who matter or who understand.
- Ensure you get your own exercise in, even if it’s a long walk or a dance to your favourite tunes.
- Don’t spend too much time watching the news – Limit your consumption of mass media to protect your mindset.
- Pay attention to your nutrition to boost your immune system.
- Don’t forget to prioritise sleep – Eight hours is ideal.
- Practise gratitude – In all things, there is something to be grateful for and being thankful makes you feel more positive. Incidentally, so does smiling, so smile and laugh every day.
- Call Me2U Centre – We’re always here for you to chat to if you need help.
We wish you all the best during this difficult time and look forward to welcoming you back soon.