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5 Signs You Could Use More Support

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Do any of these questions sound like your inside voice right now? If so, you're not alone...

1. You’re noticing changes, and don’t know if it’s dementia

You’re doing the late-night Googling and those discreet searches at work. You need to know more, and don’t know how to approach it.

How do you know if it’s dementia? How can you ‘convince’ a person to get tested? What if someone doesn’t recognize that they’re having symptoms?  What if you’re worried about changes within yourself?

We can help you identify when it might be a good time to check things out and share strategies to approach tough conversations with dignity and compassion.

2. You’re wondering, ‘how do I handle this behaviour?’

Behaviours are often a way of communicating something that people can’t put into words. Behaviour can also change over time, adding new challenges to an already difficult journey.

This is tough for the person living with symptoms and for those who care about them. We can help talk it through, and share tips to help manage changes, identify behaviour patterns and triggers.

One local care partner explains, “Once we recognized that Dad got upset whenever he was left alone, or when it got too dark, we could eliminate those triggers and his behaviours went away.”

3. You have questions about driving and safety

A driver’s license can be an important part of a person’s independence, so this can be a touchy subject.

How do you know when a person is safe to drive, and when they should look into other options to get around? What should you do if you’re worried about the situation? We can help navigate these bumps in the road.

4. You might need more help managing things at home

You can ‘handle it.’ You’re ‘fine’…. until one day, you realize you’re not really. Often times, we care about people so much that we’ll do almost anything for them. Now, things are becoming too much.  

Needing help at home isn’t a sign of weakness or giving up. It’s about finding the right options for you and your unique situation. Talk to us about options for help at home.

5. You’re on the fence about care homes and don’t know what to do

How do you know if someone would have a better quality of life, or be safer, in a care home? What does the application process look like, and how long is the wait? What can you expect?

Placing a person in care isn’t the right decision for everyone, but it is an option. We can help you weigh the options when you’re ready to discuss it.

Want to chat with someone who gets what you’re going through?

Need to problem solve or vent? Dementia Support Navigators are allies you may not know you have.

They’re real people with big knowledge to help guide you. And it’s cost-free.

Any time, any question.

Tap into your team of support here.

Alzheimer Calgary