Archive for the ‘Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care’ Category
Recently, a few of my colleagues and I were invited to a screening for the new documentary, Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts. This film highlighted just how unprepared we are as […]
While we cover a lot of topics here on our AgeRight Blog, we certainly had a few stand out pieces this year on a range of topics that covered senior […]
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis will have a profound impact on the individual and on the family system as a whole. The earlier the diagnosis, the earlier that treatment and planning options can begin to manage the symptoms of the disease.
Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, it is not the only cause. There are more than 50 documented causes of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Parkinson’s disease can all cause dementia, and some vitamin and hormone deficiencies, and medication side effects can also look like dementia. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly.
Signs of Dementia: While dementia affects every individual differently, there are some common signs that can be recognized. Should you see someone exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, be patient, communicate clearly, and listen.
How can I help someone with dementia? 7 out of 10 people who have dementia live alone. Providing assistance with some of the most troublesome daily activities can make their day so much more enjoyable.
While it was announced in 2014 that Robin Williams was suffering from an undiagnosed case of Lewy Body Dementia, a disease causing memory loss and other neurological and physical symptoms, recent interviews with his wife discussing the severity of his symptoms highlights the need for better testing and diagnosis of this condition that afflicts 1.4 million Americans.
Increased awareness of dementia and better knowledge of this affliction, knowing how it affects our families and communities and understanding how any one of us can help, would truly enhance the quality of life for those living with it. This is the basis for a Dementia Friendly Community.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be especially confusing for a young child or even a teenager. They may feel hurt not to be remembered or scared by a grandparent’s change in behavior. Educate your child about the disease, prepare for visits, and talk often about feelings.