Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder where brain cells die and cause loss of memory and impaired cognitive function. It is a progressive disease that 5 million Americans are battling. Your loved one will find it hard to remember events, make decisions, or even recognize friends and family. It is a disease that is extremely hard to deal with.
Serenity Gardens is an assisted living facility that specializes in caring for those suffering from memory loss, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. We strive to provide our residents a home-like environment where family can come as often as they wish. With homes in Dickinson, Friendswood, and Deer Park, our mission is to care for your loved one in a compassionate and understanding way. Below, we’ll go over some tips on how to talk to your loved one who is suffering from memory loss about their funeral. Get in touch with us today!
TIPS TO TALK TO LOVED ONES SUFFERING FROM MEMORY LOSS ABOUT THEIR FUNERAL
In general, no one likes to talk about their impending death, so talking to loved ones who aren’t suffering from any type of cognitive disorders is challenging, let alone talking to those with memory problems. However, if your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the sooner you have the conversation, the better. After all, you want to know their wishes before they do lose their memory.
Keep It Simple
When talking to loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia, they can get distracted easily and struggle to find the right words. Thus, when talking about funeral arrangements, it’s best to keep the questions simple. Yes or no questions are great, such as “Do you want to be buried?”, or “Do you want to be cremated?” Serenity Gardens in Dickinson recommends that you be patient and allow plenty of time for this conversation.
Jog Their Memory
Some loved ones with memory issues may need a gentle reminder in order to understand what you are asking. In this case, you can remind them of a funeral they went to in order to jog their memory. “Do you remember the flowers at your Dad’s funeral? Do you want flowers like that, or do you want a different type of flower?” If your loved one remembers, this can be a great way to not only get the conversation rolling, but to get great answers to these important questions.
Bring Along Pictures
Pictures are a great tool for those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. Oftentimes, if you show a loved one a picture of something, they will remember. For instance, you can bring along a casket brochure that shows different types of caskets and a picture of locations to be buried.
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Serenity Gardens is passionate about helping those with memory loss find a caring home that understands what they are going through and that can help support them in their unique needs. From cognitive support and 24-hour supervision, our team is here for you. Contact us today to learn more!