Mom’s forgetfulness has now reached the point you suspect she has dementia. What should you do? When you’re dealing with aging in a place loved ones may have dementia, providing them with the care they need can be challenging. But doing so is possible when you use this approach.
If your partner is diagnosed with dementia, your relationship with him or her will inevitably change as the disease progresses. Your spouse will become confused, lose short-term memory and be unable to recognize you and others they have known for decades.
Traveling with a loved one suffering from dementia can be rewarding and enjoyable, both for the loved one and the caregiver. This type of travel, however, requires careful planning, patience and flexibility.
Caring for a patient with dementia can be difficult, especially if that patient is a family member or friend. Seeing a loved one in decline can bring up some heavy emotions and present us with a frustrating new set of challenges when it comes to their health and well-being. To help you become the most effective and compassionate caregiver possible, here are six things every caregiver should know.
Music therapy is not a new phenomenon; in fact, it has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks. The idea of using music as part of the healing process was not recognized as a profession until after the World Wars. Musicians performed for the veterans dealing with trauma from their war injuries. Due to the veterans’ positive response, Veterans Administration Hospitals decided to hire musicians to perform regularly.
Dementia is more common in people over 65, but it’s not limited to that demographic. Early onset of the disease can start with people in their 20s but is most common with individuals in their 40s and 50s. Dementia that appears before age 45 is known as young-onset dementia.