Considering the changes one goes through as their dementia progresses – the loss of memories, confusion, sensory problems, diminishing abilities, the struggle to communicate – it’s no wonder that aggression is a common response to their ever-changing world. For the spouse of a loved one with memory loss, dealing with aggressive behavior can be emotionally trying and, in some cases, dangerous for both partners’ safety. If your spouse becomes violent, learning how to manage their aggression is vital.
In the face of a serious injury, chronic illness or age-related challenges, finding humor may often be the last thing on a caregiver’s mind. Stressed or overwhelmed caregivers may even consider laughter to be inappropriate around a loved one who is suffering. However, many loved ones, their family members and health care experts have discovered life-enhancing benefits from embracing everyday humor in caregiving situations.
Caring for an aging loved one, especially one with a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia, is no easy task. Often, family caregivers are not only faced with the challenges of their loved one’s health, but also their own as the stress and exertion of full-time caregiving takes its toll on the body and spirit.