As someone enters the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease/related dementia, a new set of situations begin to emerge as outlined in the July and August 2016 Beacon
newsletters. There is continued need to keep the person with dementia (PWD) engaged and connected but family caregivers recognize the increasing difficulty of doing so.
This dual challenge, in turn, adds to the growing list of responsibilities for the caregiver- who, more than ever, needs time to disengage from their role as caregiver. It is vital that caregivers stay socially connected and participate in activities that bring joy to themselves. This constant increase of demands placed on the caregiver during the moderate stage can become overwhelming and result in social isolation. The good news is, there are strategies that can help and supports that can be put into place to help both the PWD and their caregiver stay engaged and connected – both together and separately.