Living with a person with Dementia
Dementia affects both seniors and their caregivers’ lives. Its difficulties are causing problems and conflicts on their daily lives of their family or their caregivers. Have you ever wondered what the caregivers are thinking or experiencing?
Let’s learn more about Dementia!
Dementia is used to describe the different brain disorders that have a common loss of function. Dementia is responsible for:
• Memory loss,
• Changes in behavior
• Emotional fluctuations
• Confused thoughts
Dementia is a process that is constantly evolving as the brain becomes more and more infected over time. The patient’s memory, his ability to understand, to communicate, to be autonomous in his day-to-day life are characteristics that weaken daily.
Dementia should not be confused with social class or the country of origin as it can affect everyone, anywhere. However, it is common to occur in seniors.
Every person who has Dementia is unique.
So his experience and the stages of his illness have to be.
Why is diagnosis important?
Diagnosis, especially in a disease like Dementia, is very importance as it can identify symptoms that can be treated. People who suffer from this disease often show up:
• Respiratory and urinary tract infections,
• Severe constipation,
• Thyroid insufficiency
• Inadequate absorption of vitamins
• Brain tumors
These symptoms can be treated successfully if they are recognized in time.
Of course the diagnosis of the disease is important for carers of people with dementia because they have the ability to:
- Get informed
- Get consultation
- Enjoy support
from health professionals from the very early stages of Dementia. This will help them to prepare better, psychologically and practically.
Is there treatment for Dementia?
No matter Dementia does not have a specific way of be detected, physical exercise or music therapy can be very effective. These activities as well as family and friendly environment, can help a lot the person to slow the stages of the disease.
There is not a specific way of detecting dementia. The difficult recognition of the disease from its early stages, makes diagnosis a difficult process. Nonetheless,
- Precise recording of the patient’s medical history,
- Receiving information from the family and friends,
- Blood tests,
- Physical and psychological control
can help identify the person who is suffering from Dementia.
Daily routine with a person who is suffering from Dementia can be very difficult. But, there is always a solution to make professionals and non-professionals caregivers work more efficient.
• Encourage their independence!
Establish activities on a daily basis. It is necessary for the person who is suffering from Dementia to remain independent in order to reduce the feeling that they cause trouble on their family and friends. The sense of humor is also very important for them!
• Make them smile!
Humor can reduce stress and prevent depression. Share stories with the person you take care and make lovely memories and feelings.
• Be careful of what they eat!
Exercise helps to maintain a healthy physical and mental state. Adopt exercises and activities tailored to the needs and the stage disease. Always by following patient’s doctor advice.
Make sure the person take care of his regular dental routine and meals.
Malnutrition is one of the biggest problems of the disease, as the patient may forget to eat.
Read more practical tips for managing people with Dementia from World’s Health Association here:
Your work matters!
The care of a person with Dementia needs special attention in all stages of the disease. It is possible that the caregivers may feel depressed and anxious in the management of care of a person with Dementia. Caregivers have to talk and discuss what concerns them. The embarrassment of the movements that a person with Dementia may brings them on their daily communication.
Dementia affects both the individual and his family, which cause as a result anger, tension and pressure among members