Self Care for the Dementia and Alzheimer’s Caregiver |

“It’s really important to pay attention to feedback from others,” he says. Too often, it seems, observations – from a partner, a child, a sibling, a best friend – that a situation is less than stellar or that the person giving care is struggling are heard the wrong way by caregivers.

The natural response: Defensiveness! Anger! Hearing fightin’ words!

The better response: Consider those words to be a gift, Robbins says. “View such comments as a kindness, that someone is being kind enough to give feedback, even if it sounds critical.” And then, he adds: “Accept what you hear at face value and ask yourself what the person must have seen in order to say that.”

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Posted on February 11, 2011, in Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia, Senior Issues and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is an excellent tip. My father has dementia, and I am trying to handle things long distance. I would add that the caregiver should ask the person making the comment what the person saw that caused the comment. Communication is essential for the caregiver and the person being cared for.

    I was only able to visit briefly this time, but I like what I see on your blog. I have added it to my blogroll.


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