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Supporting someone at a distance

dolfm

Registered User
Jan 6, 2015
2
My younger brother was diagnosed recently with early onset Alzheimer's. As he lives in Holland and I live in the UK I cannot do any personal caring for him but I wonder whether anyone can advise me on how I may best support him at a distance. Thank you.
 

RedLou

Registered User
Jul 30, 2014
1,162
Does he have family with him to do the day-to-day stuff? The bill-paying, the shopping, the taking to appointments?
Otherwise you'll be doing the bill-paying from a distance, shuffling back and forth to fight fires and generally marshalling his friends (if willing) to fill in gaps.
Emotional support, too, of course. Listen. Support his partner/children (if there.) Listen to them. Never give advice to them. Everyone gives advice; hardly anyone listens.
 

supertrooper

Registered User
Jul 18, 2011
33
Hi Dolfm

I think it's good to talk, is your brother on the internet? It sounds a bit cliche but sometimes just being there is enough.