Caregiving for Caregivers best equips Caregivers to:
1) meaningfully and accurately assess whether your
loved one may have Alzheimer's Disease or another
type of Dementia; 2) give your loved one the best
possible care and support; and 3) learn how to "grieve
for the living," the healthiest way to truly
be an effective Caregiver for a loved one.
Using his straightforward style in seminars and one-on-one
sessions, Roy Steinberg, Ph.D. diffuses unhealthy
misconceptions about aging, memory loss, and dementia.
He helps both Caregivers and their loved ones cope
with the reality through truth and compassion.
And it all begins with:
- Informing Caregivers about the difference between
normal, healthy aging and cognitive decline, as well
as the different types of Dementia. This enables them
to participate in accurately diagnosing and developing
behavioral strategies when caring for their loved
- Helping Caregivers understand that when someone
suffers from Alzheimer's Disease or another type of
Dementia, he or she is irrevocably changed and Caregivers
need to look at him or her as a changed person. Their
loved one will never be the same again.
- Working as a team with Caregivers to diagnose their
loved one, understand the truth of what has transpired,
and provide the best possible care and support for
their loved one.
- Using understanding and compassion to help Caregivers
first confront the truth, then take care of themselves,
while at the same time doing what is best for their
As a Caregiver, it is important that you
identify possible reasons for atypical behavior which
may be related to Alzheimer’s Disease or another
form of Dementia that your loved one may
be exhibiting and consider possible solutions that
could make a difference:
Identify and examine the behavior
- What is the atypical behavior?
- Did something trigger the behavior?
- How do aspects of the environment
perpetuate the behavior?
Explore potential reasons for your
loved one's behavior
- Is there something your loved one needs or wants,
even if this can not be expressed, or is your
not aware of such a need?
- Are you engaging your loved one in a style of
communications that may be harmful or ineffective?
(Sometimes less is more.)
- Does the behavior have something to do with
your loved one's surroundings? Will physical
- Does your loved one have limitations that need to
addressed in a different way? Are your
actions exacerbating these limitations?
different interventions in the future
- Did your approach help?
- Do you need to explore other potential causes and
solutions? If so what might you do differently?
- The key to intervention is not only to identify
problem, but to allow for flexibility of thought
behavior in considering alternatives.