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Dementia severely affects a person’s normal activities, and the role of the family in helping the patient to manage the condition is crucial. A person diagnosed with dementia would invariably experience a wide array of emotions which may include denial, loneliness, frustration, anger and extreme depression. So, if any of your family member is suffering from dementia, here are some of the ways by which you can take care of the affected individual.
Know more about the disease your loved one is suffering from:
When your loved one is suffering from dementia, it is your responsibility as a caregiver to know more about the disease and the symptoms. Dementia is a progressive biological brain disorder which progresses at a fast pace. Moreover, dementia is known for causing behavioral changes, alteration in personality and mood swings.
- Set a positive mood: When you are communicating, your attitude towards the affected individual should be conveyed effectively through your actions and not just words. You should attempt to establish a positive mood by speaking with the patient respectfully. Your physical touch, facial expressions, and tone of voice play a commendable role in showing your feelings towards the person.
- Convey your message clearly: While interacting with a person who has dementia, you should use simple words and sentences in a reassuring tone. Your manner should be straightforward and comforting. You should never raise your voice even when the person is not able to understand what you are saying. You should repeat the same thing using the same words until the patient understands. It is also a good practice to use names of places and persons instead of referring to them through pronouns.
- Answer with heart: You should be very patient to receive the reply from the sick person. In case the affected individual is struggling to find an answer, it is always good to suggest some words. You should also be watchful of any non-verbal cues as well as body language and respond appropriately. You should always strive to listen to the feelings that lie beyond the words.
- Attend to your own health: Even though you may find this to be a no-brainer, research indicates that caregivers are more prone to be affected by Alzheimer ’s disease, depression, and other illnesses particularly when they don't receive adequate support from the family. When you are the caregiver, make sure that you receive sufficient amount of sleep and proper nutrition and most importantly, exercise and socializing. When you are exhausted or socially isolated, you are at a risk of becoming physically ill and depressed. The sooner you seek aid, the longer you can lead a happy life.
Any disease can upset the routine of the entire family. But with proper awareness and positive attitude, any challenge can be handled in the best possible manner.
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All children from time to time will cling, shout, throw, resist, complain, argue and do not listen to their parents or teachers. Though they are normal, they can be upsetting to everyone around. They become problematic when they increase in severity, intensity and duration that is typical for the age of the child.
Usually they starts at around 1.5 years age and stay till 4 years of age.
WHY DO THEY HAVE TEMPER TANTRUMS
1.They get angry if they do not get what they want.
2.They want to control their lives.
3.They have not learnt effective skills to get what they want.
4.They learned from parents who show temper outbursts.
HOW TO PREVENT TANTRUMS
1.Praise the child for his/her good behavior
Give extra attention whenever child behaves well. Give him a hug and praise him. For example - when a child has put his shoes in place, instead of ignoring it, acknowledge it and praise him saying “Wow, that’s like a good boy. You put your shoes in the correct place. Wonderful!”
2.Encourage the child to use words.
For example - If he wants something, tell him to use words like ‘i want food/ i want this toy’ instead of screaming.
3.Also see whether they are eating and sleeping well.
4.Identify triggers -
For example, Are they hungry or tired? sometimes even when the parent is busy, a child can throw temper tantrum to gain attention.
After a long day of work, instead of directly going to make dinner, the parent can go give the child a hug and spend some quality time.
5.Give signals before ending an activity
For example - say “You have 5 more minutes before I switch off the TV” instead of switching it off suddenly.
HOW TO HANDLE TEMPER TANTRUMS
1.Remain calm and do not argue with the child - Before managing your child’s behavior you must manage your behavior (sometimes children learn from parents who show anger outbursts and learn to shout and scream). Shouting at the child will worsen the child’s behavior.
2.Think before acting and count till 10 if you are frustrated - and then think about the source of child’s frustration.
3.Come down to the child’s eye level - and say ‘you are starting to become hyper, calm down’
4.Distract the child - by asking them to focus on something else. For example say “let’s read a book or let’s go for a walk”
5.Ignore the tantrum - if it is to draw your attention. After the child becomes calm, show him attention.
6.Hold the child who is out of control - and who can harm him/herself. Tell the child that you will let him or her go only when he or she calms down. Reassure the child that everything will be alright.
7.Hug your child who is crying - and say that you love them but the behavior should change. Reassurance and hugging will always be comforting to the child.
8.Talk to the child after the child has calmed down - Talk to the child about his or her frustration.
Try to teach the child how to interact with a friend or sibling or parent and ask for what he or she wants.
Tell them how to express his or her feelings with words and recognise the feelings of others also without hitting and shouting.
Tell them the better ways to get things that they want.
Tell them that we all have anger within and also tell them how to appropriately express it.
9.Never give in to a tantrum - If you give in once the child will get used to it and his tantrums will increase more.
10.Do not let the tantrum interfere with your relationship - with your child.
Consult a professional if the tantrums are increasing even after 3.5 years of age or if there is self injurious behavior, depression, injuring others, low self esteem etc.