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Living with Dementia

This blog is in response to a request made by Catfromhell.I hope you find the information useful and if you have any further questions,please do not hesitate to ask.

As we age we can expect to slow down both physically and mentally,but there  is a difference between normal aging and Dementia.

Dementia ia a progressive and degenerative brain disorder that affects memory and cognitive abilities.

Although the  symptoms of dementia do progress slowly,over time patients will become unable to care for themselves and will need to be supervised at all times.

Some of the symptoms of dementia are as follows:

Difficulty in perfoming more than one task at a time,solving problems,or performing routine tasks such as balancing a checkbook,learning new information or routines.

Forgetting recent events,misplacing items,becoming lost on familiar routes,forgetting events in your life history,losing sense of self.

Personality changes,losing interest in previously enjoyable activities,loss of social skills,poor judgement.

Changes in sleep patterns,speaking in confusing sentences,difficulty reading and writing.

Becoming depressed,violent,agitated,hallucinating.

Unable to understand language,feed,dress,or bathe oneself.No longer recognizes family and friends.

Dementia can be diagonosed by a skilled health care professional who will run a battery of tests to rule out any other underlying causes for the symptoms and determine that it is, in fact, dementia.

While there is no cure for dementia,there are medications that may slow the progression of the symptoms so if you suspect that a loved one may be exhibiting signs of dementia,please see a health care professional.


7 Responses

  1. thanks for reading and commenting on my blog,

    Very well written article and a subject that few people actualy talk about, I think we need more awarness to this topic and a variety of mental health related topics.

    great blog and great post.

    • Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to visit my blog..both are greatly appreciated.

  2. I hate that older people are taken advantage of these days and your right families just forget them. My sister runs a assisted living and she loves them and takes her kids there to hang out with them. I will be working with her in march and I am excited to help.

    • Good luck in your new job.I hope you find working with the elderly as fulfilling as I did.Thanks for checking out my blog.

  3. Not to make fun of Dementia, but, daddy once told me he would be glad when he got old enough the he will ‘forget that he forgot’ :-))

  4. Thanks for writing a very informative article. My friend’s grandma has Alzheimers, and it has been such a strain on the family. I caretake for a few hours where i can, but this is an issue I wish more people were aware of, so that they could find ways to help these families.

    • I have to give you kudos for helping with your friends loved one,not many people would take the time to do so.Kind hearted individuals such as yourself truly make this world a better place.

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