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The necessity of family interventions comes as a result of the challenges that the family ends up facing as a result of their caregivers’ role for the person with dementia. Research has found the strongest challenges faced by the caregivers to be lack of social support, wandering and repetitive questions. A family therapist is well-equipped to train you to handle the dementia patient’s behaviours and to find ways to increase your social support and sense of well-being. Caregivers who engage with family and friends and recreational activities are found to be less depressed than those who remain socially isolated. Moreover, a family therapist can help you find ways to replenish yourself while being able to meet the demands of caring for the person with dementia.

The person with dementia can also be misunderstood due to the change in their behaviours. Thus, family therapy can help educate the family about the things that the person with dementia may themselves be unable to express, such as – they are still the same person that they were before the diagnosis; they want to do tasks independently that they can without your support; or that they don’t want you to pull away even if you don’t know the right thing to say. Thus, a family therapist can help foster empathy for the person with dementia, make the family aware of the challenges that the person might be facing but is unable to express, and help the family understand that each person is affected by dementia differently.

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What are the benefits of family therapy?

It reduces caregiver burnout, helps increase avenues for more social support, enhances the caregiver’s ability to provide care for the person with dementia and also enhances the quality of life of all individuals involved. 

How many sessions are required?

Therapy is a gradual process and change that is gradual cannot be guaranteed in a certain number of sessions. After understanding the areas that you require support in, a family therapist might be able to give you an approximate range of the number of sessions you can choose to have. Change needs constant reminders for sustenance, and thus follow up sessions become an integral part of maintaining the positive progress you would have achieved in therapy sessions. Family therapy is a gateway to better emotional and mental well-being for the people involved in caring for the person with dementia and could help you find the challenges that you face not as daunting as they seem.

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