Your Questions Answered

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Common Questions and Effective Strategies
for dementia caregivers/ care partners

Mental Health Clinician presenter: LJ Nelles, Registered Psychotherapist

Produced by Enhancing Care for Ontario Care Partners,
and the Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training

Your Dementia Care Partner Questions Answered – Video series

Is it ok to lie to my family member with dementia?

3 min. 33 sec.

Often care partners tell us that they are uncertain how to respond to people with dementia. A question we often get is, is it ok to lie to my family member with dementia? Lying can feel very uncomfortable. You may feel guilty for not telling the truth. But the circumstances under which we choose to tell a lie or keep the truth from someone with dementia vary from situation to situation. In this video the mental health clinician outlines key elements of the problem and practical strategies that can help you handle and navigate this situation.

When friends and family don’t understand the impact of dementia caregiving

3 min. 43 sec.

Caring for someone with dementia on a regular basis can be very overwhelming and isolating. When friends and family are only spending brief periods of time with the person it’s not always apparent how the illness has impacted them and what you’re dealing with on a regular basis. In this video the mental health clinician outlines key elements of the problem and practical strategies that can help you handle and navigate this situation.

My spouse doesn’t want me to share their Alzheimer’s diagnosis

3 min. 17 sec.

This is a complex and ethical situation and the answer is going to be different from person to person. It deals with the tension between wanting to honor the wishes of a person with dementia and needing to honor the needs the very real needs of the care partner. In this video the mental health clinician outlines key elements of the problem and practical strategies that can help you handle and navigate this situation.

Managing lack of interest (apathy) in your family member with dementia

4 min. 13 sec.

Care partners frequently ask about what they can do when the person with dementia is no longer interested or engaged in activities and will no longer attend social gatherings. Sometimes this disinterested behaviour is mistaken as depression, but it’s actually a very common symptom of dementia called “apathy”. This video offers some important perspectives and possible strategies you can follow to address the challenges of apathy that you’ll face as a caregiver/ care partner.

When a person with dementia won’t attend an adult day program

3 min. 27 sec.

Often caregivers take on the largest responsibility of being the main person to provide social recreation to their family member with dementia. It’s both a practical and emotional transition to sharing this responsibility with others, and day programs. In this video the mental health clinician outlines key elements of the problem and practical strategies that can help you handle and navigate this situation.

My family member with dementia says I’m always telling them what to do

3 min. 39 sec.

This is a common challenge that dementia caregivers face. Dementia impairs the ability to make decisions and good judgments and it’s common that sometimes when we intervene it can sound harsh, demeaning or paternalizing. In this video the mental health clinician outlines key elements of the problem and practical strategies that can help you handle and navigate this situation.

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