There can be problems with limiting the discussion to the “two most important caregiver tips” given the diversity of caregivers and their car partners. Caregivers come from different states, countries, and distances.

Brenda Avadian, executive director of The Caregiver’s Voice, recently shared in  the US News World Report focus on the millions living with dementia.

As the dementia progresses, people lose their ability to meaningfully express their wants and needs due to cognitive impairment.This can lead to a caregiver to continue guessing what their loved ones want while at the same time helping with the challenging activities of daily living. The care recipients can become frustrated and cause angry outbursts. These unintentional outbursts can lead to feelings of stress and isolation. 

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Caregiver Tip # 1

If you’ve recently taken on the role of caregiver, begin by learning as much as you can about your loved one’s illness or disease and to know what to expect. This will prepare the caregiver for the transition and challenges ahead.

Caregiver Tip #2

Brenda Avadian M.A. , executive director of The Caregiver’s Voice:

“After nearly two decades of serving family and professional caregivers for people with dementia, experience has taught me the second most important tip. This has helped give tens of thousands of caregivers the hope and strength to care with compassion:

"Care for your loved one the same way you would want to be cared for if you were living with the disease."

Avadian continues, ““What fears and uncertainties would I feel in the face of this terminal diagnosis?

When you internalize the dementia diagnosis, it can become much more real. Allowing your self to imagine how it would feel to be facing their condition can help you better understand their sometimes challenging attitude.

Brenda Avadian’s concise tips for caregivers, specifically those caring for loved ones suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. The 2 Tips can help make a challenging and complicated situation a source of both joy and empowerment.

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