DementiaCaregiver Assistance Tips
1. Focus on helping your patient stay sharp by keeping them involved in discussions and decision making. Patience will be key here.
2. Get to know your senior. Every person is different and will require extra attention in certain areas
3. Dementia truly affects the entire family. You are not only providing care to a patient but also peace of mind and help to an entire family.
Dementia is an umbrella term for conditions involving cognitive impairment. Symptoms include memory loss, personality changes, and even issues with language, communication, and thinking. Dementia is not normally a part of aging and causes serious impairment. Our caregivers are trained in identifying the symptoms of dementia and providing care to those who suffer from these symptoms. Unfortunately most dementia related conditions cannot be cured. For most types of dementia, there is no way to slow or reverse cognitive impairment. There are medications and alternative treatments that are used to improve and alleviate symptoms in dementia care. Treatments and medication will depend heavily on the specific dementia condition in question. Current research suggests that exercise, diet, smoking, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, diabetes, and mild cognitive impairment may all factor into the development of dementia. Making healthy lifestyle choices, especially during middle age, may be integral to dementia prevention. Preventative measures include:
- Reducing smoking, alcohol abuse, and recreational drug abuse
- Participating in mentally stimulating, memory-training activities
- Staying physically and socially active
- Eating a healthy diet
- Maintaining a regular exercise routine
- Getting adequate, quality sleep
- Adequately managing stress
- Managing health problems such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure