4 Ways to Reach Out When Family Members Are Angry

If family isn't helpful when you're caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, written updates and a support group can make inroads.


- Posted on Sep 26, 2019

A woman speaking out in a support group.

This article is based on information provided by Home Instead Senior Care.

Caregiving for someone with Alzhiemer’s is challenging. When others in your family are not on board to provide support, either on an emotional level or when it comes to the day-to-day tasks you handle, caregiving can become more challenging and may feel lonely.  While each family situation is different, the following approaches may help you to make gentle progress:

· Let family members know what’s happening and how you’re faring with a text, email or snail-mail once in a while. You could shoot over a note, photos or possibly an article about Alzheimer’s.

· Consider joining a support group with other family members to get a dialogue started.

· Talk with friends, neighbors, or colleagues who have been through a similar situation. They may be able to offer practical tips for communicating with family, or they may become a source of support themselves.

· Sometimes family members who live far away want to be supportive, but they are unsure what they can do. Give them a specific task, whether it’s ordering groceries to be delivered, or just listening to your challenges in a phone call or text. 

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