How Do You Express Yourself? – Why Shouldn’t They?
How Do You Express Yourself? – Why Shouldn’t They?
When we are stressed, losing sleep, not feeling well or simply agitated what do we do to relieve ourselves? How do we express our frustrations? Do we run away, eat inappropriate foods, yell or scream, strike out, talk nonsensically, get confused…so do those with Alzheimer’s disease.
It is easy to forget that the same emotions that you feel as a caregiver your loved one feels too. In fact, in some cases they may simply be mirroring you. That is why it is so important to find appropriate ways to relieve your stress and theirs.
Go for a walk – if you can’t walk outdoors, try going to the Mall or making a walking path in the basement or around the house. Make sure it is safe and well lit.
Read a book – if your loved one can no longer read, read to them or get books on CD to listen to. Short stories work wonderfully! If nothing else, read the comics and laugh together!!
Dance – turn on the radio or put in a cd of music that you danced to when you were dating. Who cares if you get the steps right!!
Memorialize – write down memories or scrap book pictures of your life together. You can use it as a reminiscence tool now and in the future.
Create – draw, paint or sculpt. Get your hands dirty and let your artsy side out. Remember, stick figures and balls of clay are still considered art…it’s all in the eyes of the beholder.
Sing – tune into the music of your mind and have your own sing-a-long or karaoke show. Find sheet music or lyrics on-line to help you fill in the blanks.
Most importantly find a way to express yourself and let out your emotions. Every single one of us has a specific way that we release stress and emotion. It is what helps us to stay focused and centered. Therefore, it is important that we look for those ways in which our loved one with Alzheimer’s and dementia can express themselves too. By doing this we may be able to better help them manage their disease and find appropriate ways for dealing with any frustrations or behaviors they may encounter because of their diagnosis.
In addition, as we are helping them, they will be helping us too. For one can not truly revel in the strength of their own smile, without seeing it reflected back at them!
My father has been here only a little over 2 months. The positive change in him has been DRAMATIC! I would HIGHLY recommend Azura........ I would give it 10 stars if they allowed it! This is the premier facility for any family member with cognitive issues! They do treat residents like family, believe it!
Review posted by Stephen Diedrich
The staff at Oak Creek are all fabulous! It takes special people to care for our loved ones. If has been a trying year for all and the staff at oak creek get a shout out for their kindness and compassion they give to my mom and the others. They have all gone above and beyond to make things seem as normal as possible for my mom! All of the staff have been so helpful and kind! They are all fabulous!!
Review posted by Mary Kubacki
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse
Review posted by Gail Sommers & Deborah Guse
Just moved my sister-in-law to Azura Stoughton on February 12th. I feel like I’ve found a little piece of dementia heaven. The staff has gone way beyond my expectations to meet her needs and take time to know her. Anyone who has dementia deserves the TLC they receive at Azura. I’m so impressed.
Review posted by Gail Aaroen
Thank you to the Azura Memory Care team, Sheboygan location for the amazing, loving care they provided my dad. They truly loved and cared for my dad as if he was their own. It is such a warm, loving, family environment I only wish we would have moved my dad there years earlier!
Review posted by Patti Bunch
Review posted by Ron Paxson
I have enjoyed working with patients at Azura Care as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The staff has been very helpful in sharing important information about the patients to make their therapy sessions as productive as possible. They are open to learning techniques to help keep patients safe and improve their ability to perform daily tasks with less assistance. Their interactions with patients show caring and compassion with a focus on the needs of each individual to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Review posted by Barb Eisenberg
The journey of caregiving for my Aunt started over 4 years ago. It has been a very long difficult journey. It is hard to watch and frustrating to watch a loved one decline, as well as for them to live the decline. My Aunt found her final peace at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan. It was not only her peace but mine as well. I no longer had to worry about her care as I could see that she was loved by her Azura family. She passed away on June 21 and they knew how important that it was for me to be there, but I also found peace that if I was not there, she was with family that loved her. No words can express the appreciation for the care, compassion and love that they have for all their residents. God has opened many doors through my journey and the doors at Azura were truly a gift from God. This family made a difference in a long journey. I will always have them in my thoughts and prayers. They are where and doing what they are meant to do!