A few general tips on how to keep connected and create memories that will last a lifetime.
- Be intentional. Decide how often you would want to interact with your family members and make your wishes known.
- Be understanding. Take the time to listen to your family's questions and needs. This will help you stay connected.
- Be available. Find things in common with your children or grandchildren and make yourself available. Maybe it's time to coach a little league, go on facebook, watch monday night football together, volunteer at the school, or do a monthly movie night.
Caregiving or family loss often requires support from individuals that understand what you are going through. Support groups and friends are available across many communities. Contact Family Caregivers BC or BC Support Groups for more information.
Ambiguous Loss and Grief in Dementia
The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in communities right across Canada, the Society:
Offers information, support and education programs for people with dementia, their families and caregivers;
Funds research to find a cure and improve the care of people with dementia;
Promotes public education and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to ensure people know where to turn for help;
Influences policy and decision-making to address the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers.
For more information, contact your local Alzheimer Society or visit our website at www.alzheimer.ca
“The word ‘ambiguous’ helped me understand what was going on. I’m still married to my wife. I love her, but I don’t live with her. I’ve always been crazy about her and still am. She’s looked after, but it is a huge loss for me. The ambiguity is exactly how I feel.”