Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace…
Ask the Expert: Advice on Alzheimer’s and dementia care from Natalie McFarland, Executive Director of Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace
- “Mom and I have always been close. But since she’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, there are times when I feel I am the mother and she is the child. How do I best embrace my new role and help her without feeling too sad or resentful?”
- No matter how old you are, it is unsettling when you become the parent to your parent. Caregivers experience a wide array of emotions – anxiety, depression, complete exhaustion, irritability, lack of concentration and perhaps even their own health problems – as they struggle to embrace their new role.
Doing it successfully takes time, patience and self-forgiveness. Here are some tips and insights that might help:
- Make some “me” time.
- Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest.
- Reach out to family and friends.
- Take advantage of respite programs.
You can be a loving caregiver to your mother while being a “best friend” to yourself. With the right resources and planning combined with a strong support system, you can and will feel more in control. Call 630.473.9545 today to speak with Natalie and learn about the support that is waiting for you!