September is not only the beginning of autumn but also a significant month for raising awareness about a condition that affects millions of families worldwide – Alzheimer’s disease. At Amada Senior Care, we understand the challenges that families face when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, we want to provide support and guidance to those who are dedicating their time and effort to caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s. Keep reading to learn some invaluable ways to offer assistance and make the caregiving journey smoother:

Provide Information and Education to Family Caregivers of Senior Loved Ones with Dementia

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s requires a deep understanding of the disease’s progression and its impact on both the individual and their caregivers. Reach out to your family members and provide them with reliable resources, articles, and support groups where they can learn more about Alzheimer’s. Knowledge empowers caregivers to anticipate challenges and respond effectively. Encourage them to attend workshops and seminars about Alzheimer’s caregiving to enhance their skills and confidence.

An excellent place to start the educational process is the Alzheimer’s Association, which covers a wide range of Alzheimer’s and dementia care topics in the resources section of its website. You can browse for specific help and support or sign up to participate in a Walk to End Alzheimer’s fundraising event near you. Several of our independently owned Amada Senior Care offices sponsor a team of walkers each year to join the fight against the progressively debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s, raise awareness and offer support.

Another trusted educational resource on dementia topics and Alzheimer’s education is Teepa Snow, a dementia care specialist who served as clinical associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine’s Program on Aging. She offers information and tips through her Positive Approach to Care presentations as well as her Dementia Care Partner Talk Show, both available on YouTube.

Offer to Provide Respite Care to Give Family Caregivers a Mental and Physical Break

Caregiver burnout is an all-too-common result of the unrelenting strain often experienced by family caregivers. It typically manifests as emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion and can worsen into severe fatigue and even clinical depression. To prevent caregiver burnout, family caregivers should plan on taking time off for self-care, also known as respite care.

Being a caregiver for a senior loved one is a labor of love but also can be extremely demanding both physically and emotionally. Give a family caregiver the gift of respite by arranging for professional respite care services. These services allow caregivers to take a break and recharge while ensuring their loved one receives quality care in a safe environment.

Respite care can be scheduled regularly, providing caregivers with consistent opportunities to rest and rejuvenate. Ask around your circle of trusted friends and healthcare professionals who they recommend for a reliable senior home care agency. At Amada Senior Care, we are here for you so don’t hesitate to reach out for more information about respite care by clicking here to find an Amada location near you.

One of the advantages of retaining the services of a professional senior home care agency like Amada is that we provide trained caregivers who specialize in assisting seniors with Alzheimer’s. These caregiving services can include medication management, personal care, companionship, and cognitive stimulation. By enlisting the help of trained care professionals, you can experience peace of mind knowing your loved one receives the best care possible. The senor care advisors at Amada Senior Care are happy to work closely with seniors and their families to create a personalized care plan that addresses the specific needs and preferences of their senior loved one with dementia.

Assist with Daily Tasks that Become Overwhelming to Family Caregivers

Small tasks can quickly become overwhelming for caregivers. Offer to help with grocery shopping, meal preparation, or household chores. By taking care of these routine tasks, you provide valuable time for family caregivers to focus on their loved one’s needs. Additionally, consider organizing a meal delivery service or house cleaning service to further alleviate their responsibilities, especially those time-consuming chores like mowing the lawn or holiday decorating.

Encourage Self-Care Activities that Bring Joy to Family Caregivers

It’s easy for family caregivers to neglect their own well-being while tending to their loved ones. Encourage the family caregiver to prioritize self-care. Suggest activities they enjoy, like reading, exercising, or spending time with friends. Remind them that their well-being is just as important as their loved one’s. Consider gifting them self-care items, such as relaxation kits or spa vouchers, as a reminder to take time for themselves. Making the time to deliver a small act of kindness like sending a greeting card or flowers can go a long way in providing encouragement to a stressed family caregiver.

Listen and Provide Emotional Support to a Busy Caregiver of a Senior Loved One

Being a listening ear can make a world of difference for a caregiver. Give a family caregiver the space to share their feelings and frustrations without judgment. Sometimes, all they need is someone who understands and supports them through their journey. Offer to accompany them to a support group for caregivers, where they can connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Remind the family caregiver about the many resources available for mental health support. These range from stress-reducing meditation apps like Headspace and Calm to wellness webinars offered by Mental Health America and other community-based nonprofits. In addition, your local family services organizations or the National Council on Aging might be offering virtual support groups and telehealth counseling.

Plan Meaningful Activities for the Senior Loved One with Dementia

Engaging individuals with Alzheimer’s in meaningful activities can enhance their quality of life and cognitive function. Help family caregivers brainstorm activities that their loved one enjoys and can participate in. It could be as simple as listening to music, doing puzzles, or going for a gentle walk in the park. Consider creating a daily or weekly activity schedule to provide structure and stimulation for both the senior and the caregiver. CLICK HERE for the National Institute of Aging list of suggested dementia activities to do with a senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s.

Amada Senior Care Recognizes the Unflagging Efforts and Dedication of Family Caregiving

Caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s is a journey that requires unwavering dedication, patience, and support. At Amada Senior Care, we recognize the incredible efforts of family caregivers and aim to provide them with the resources they need. During World Alzheimer’s Month, let’s come together to offer assistance, education, and empathy to those who are facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s caregiving. By implementing some of these ideas to support family caregivers, we can make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Having the support you need to care for an aging loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s will shine a beacon of light onto your caregiving path.


How to Support a Family Member Caring for a Senior Loved One with Alzheimer’s,” written by Michelle Flores, Amada blog contributor.