June 2, 2020
Imagine being in a home with a loved one suffering from dementia for a month with no break or support. Now, imagine the additional stress for someone with a memory illness who is confused by disruptions to routines. This is exactly the challenge individuals taking care of loved ones are faced with during these trying times.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, 29% of adults in the United States are serving as caregivers to an ill or disabled relative. In ordinary times, caregiving is challenging. Adding a pandemic to the mix can mean the disruption of routines, external resources and much needed social outlets that add stability to the homes of those navigating declining memory health and cognitive ability.
Tryn Rose Seley, a 1993 alumna from the College of Education and College of Social Science, is an expert in the space of dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Recently, Tryn Rose offered meaningful insight for fellow Spartans providing in-home memory care at a time of social distancing and stay-at-home mandates. It is possible to find joy in current conditions by meeting a loved one where their mind says they are in the continuum of time. Additionally, it is imperative caregivers define a successful day in the context of what’s practical. Getting through a day with everyone sheltered, fed and rested can be enough. She provides these valuable tips for caregivers: 1.) tune in; 2.) take care of yourselves; 3.) adapt your world to create grounding anchors for yourselves; and 4.) look for local and national resources to help you through this time at home together. For additional information and resources on Alzheimer's and Dementia, visit the Alzheimer's Association website or call 800.272.3900.
Tryn Rose is making her e-book, Caregiver Heart, available to all Spartans at no cost. She includes information on how to contact her for access to the book is included in the video below.