Caregivers most often feel the direct impact from what is referred to as Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. What is the difference between these terms, and can it be managed?
As quoted from the National Institute of Health, “Dementia isn’t a disease; it’s a group of symptoms.” These symptoms may be a derivative of Alzheimer’s Disease or other illnesses. "What are the signs?
- Repeating the same story or question over and over.
- Getting lost in familiar places.
- Delusions or agitated behavior.
- Problems with language, movements, or recognizing objects.
- Memory or concentration problems.
- Difficulty following directions.
- Getting disoriented about time, people, and places.
- Neglecting personal safety, hygiene, and nutrition.”
Seek a medical evaluation if these symptoms are interfering with everyday life. Dementia. (2014, January). Retrieved from http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Jan2014/Feature1
A great resource with tips for communicating to a patient with dementia may be found at this link from the Family Caregiver Alliance©, National Center on Caregiving along with many other helpful articles from this website.
Utilize the resources provided here or within your local community for support. Other helpful resources may be found at these recommended websites:
- Alzheimer’s Association® This website provides links to search for the local chapter in your area and a 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Aging and Adult Services
It is important to realize as a caregiver that you are not alone and many other individuals are struggling with similar difficulties.The difficulties of Dementia are lessened when you can understand what to expect learn from helpful resources. Reach out for help today.
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