Welcome to Therapeutic Thursday. Today I’d like to talk to you about the winds of change and some of the things you can do to manage the changing role and the changing relationship you have with your wife or the person you care for that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
When people marry, they often assume distinct roles in their martial relationship. These roles have certain duties and responsibilities. Do’s and don’ts if you will, that include how we relate to one another within our relationship. Most people usually remain in the role they assumed throughout the length of their marriage.
But what happens when things change? When the person you love can no longer play their chosen role, the role you’ve always respected, accepted and loved?
What men find when this happens, is that their role has to change too, and more often than not, men become confused, frustrated, resentful or angry.
But there are things you can do to help manage the role and relationship change that Alzheimer’s disease has brought to your door.
First and foremost, recognize that you are not alone. For most men, it’s hard to reach out for support. But support does exist, and the right support can make it easier for you to manage and navigate the challenges you’re facing.
Whether it’s learning how to assist your wife with bathing and toileting, or learning how to cope with repetitive questions, confusions or delusions, the professionals at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center are here.
Our geriatric care managers can work with you, in your own home, to help you manage just those things that you find most challenging. Behavioral, emotional or physical, they can help you better help meet the complex and frequently changing needs of your loved one.
Most importantly they can empower you to become comfortable and confident in your new role and your newly changed relationship.
To contact us at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
24 hours per day. 7 days per week. 365 days per year. You are not alone. Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center today at 561-588-4545. Thanks for watching Therapeutic Thursday and we’ll see you next month!