The holiday season can be difficult for people caring for loved ones with dementia. Memories of past holidays can remind you how much has changed. The family may feel they should try and live up to the expectations of family traditions, but that may not be realistic. But, adjusting your expectations and making some changes to family traditions can allow
Across the planet, 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia. 200,000 people are affected by dementia here in Ontario. One in ten people in Ontario over the age of 65 have dementia. Join the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario in their bid to raise both awareness and critical research funding.
We look back at our lives as a series of memories of people and events. Our memories remind us of what we’ve done, where we’ve been and who we are. Dementia takes away these memories. If you are caring for a person with dementia, you can help them revisit their memories by creating a “place” for them to find them.
People with Alzheimer’s disease need regular medical care to address a range of issues. If you’re accompanying a loved one with Alzheimer’s on doctor’s visits, you probably have many questions — and a very short time available with the doctor. Here are some tips for making these appointments as productive as possible. Be Prepared Write down a list of everything
Sleep problems and dementia are usually a package deal. You can help everyone get a good night’s sleep by understanding what contributes to sleep problems for people with Alzheimer’s. Why is sleeping difficult? Seniors often have problems sleeping, but people with Alzheimer’s usually have an even tougher time. Dementia can reverse the sleep/wake cycle, causing nighttime restlessness and daytime drowsiness.
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s is a challenging task that is not a one person job. No one is capable of caring for someone 24/7, alone. If you are caring for a loved one who has dementia, you will need to learn to ask for help. In the early stages of dementia, you may be capable of caring for
Driving is a powerful symbol of independence and adulthood. We all know that the concentration and quick reaction times required for safe driving can gradually decline with age. For people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, this decline is sped up dramatically. If you are caring for a parent or loved one who is suffering from dementia, they
Trying to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. Communication skills are gradually eroded by dementia, so their behavior and words can become difficult to understand. They will also have difficulty understanding youractions and your words. This combination creates misunderstandings and can cause tempers to rise on both sides. Knowing what to expect and learning how
The symptoms of dementia involve difficulty with most areas of mental function. They affect language, memory, all cognitive skills (judgement, calculation, abstract thought), perception, emotions, behavior and personality. The earliest sign of dementia is usually forgetfulness. Early Symptoms & Signs of Dementia 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Learn the early warning signs and associated symptoms Dementia Vs. Normal Aging:
1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function Forgetting things more often and not remembering them later, especially things that have happened more recently. 2. Difficulty with familiar tasks Unable to complete familiar tasks such as preparing a simple meal or playing a favourite game. 3. Problems with speech. Forgetting simple words or substituting words, making conversations difficult to understand 4.