CASPER, Wyo. Holidays can be disruptive for us all, especially so for those with Alzheimer's or Dementia.
Here's what we can do to help them and ourselves.
"Slow down. One simple instruction at a time and let them accomplish that instruction before you give the next instruction" explained Kenyne Humphrey of Mountain Plaza Assisted Living.
People with Dementia have a much slower processing speed.
"Speak slowly, use fewer words, and give them time to comprehend."
Wait about twenty seconds for their brain to process before moving on.
Simple routines also take more time.
"Bathing and getting dressed maybe took thirty minutes twenty years ago now takes two hours."
Alzheimer's takes a toll on family members and caregivers, but there are resources to adjust to additional stress.
"Reach out whether it's the Alzheimer's Association, (or) here in Wyoming, we have Wyoming dementia care. There are support groups, doctor, churches"
Humphreys said you must take care of yourself because there might not be someone to step up instantly if something was to happen to you.
Humphreys encourages families to have more than one caretaker to avoid burnout and further complications.