While caring for someone with dementia is demanding on everyone, for many men it can be even more challenging if they are not used to looking after the physical needs of others. They may need extra help to learn new skills to keep the household running smoothly and to keep everyone well fed, clean and cared for.
Losing a partner’s emotional support
Just like anyone who is caring for someone with dementia, it’s vital men maintain (and are helped to maintain) their social and emotional support networks, this might include sport and special interest groups. Ultimately, this will help keep themselves and those they are caring for physically and emotionally healthy.
Some men find it helpful to talk with other men who are also caring for someone with dementia, and their local Alzheimers organisation can put them in touch with other men in this role. But don’t forget that family/whānau are an essential part of any support system. The important thing is that anyone – male or female – finds a safe place to air any issues they are having as they care for someone with dementia.
Booklet: Supporting a person with dementia
A guide for family/whānau and friends
This booklet gives you information and tips on helping a person with dementia with their personal care, such as washing and dressing, nutrition, sleeping and travelling, as well as communication and ideas for meaningful activities and ways you can look after yourself – which is very important, too.