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What Is Dementia and What to Do When It Strikes?

There is a lot of confusion around the question, 'What is dementia?' It is believed to have affected more than 24 million people living with a form of dementia world-wide.

Unfortunately, the number of people that dementia will strike is expected to increase to 85 million by the year 2040. Since the disease will strike so many people in the near future, they are beginning to ask what is dementia and what can I do to avoid the dreaded disease? Here is a list that contains useful tips and information for people if they find they are in the situation of being force to get an answer to the question,

What is dementia?

1. Most patients living with a form of dementia are being cared for by a family member. This is an honourable and noble thing to do but it is an extremely stressful position to be in.

2. Caregivers and family members must learn and read up on what dementia is and how if effects the mind and body. It's imperative to learn about how the disease progresses so you can prepare for the stages that will come down the road.

3. It is helpful if you encourage the person with dementia to be as independent as possible. Allow the person to perform simple tasks can provide a huge relief for a caretaker.

4. Ask about elder care services in your area. If you have questions and want to learn - what is dementia - please call In-Homecare at 1-904-737-7667. We are a home care agency that is available in the Florida area that offers information and assistance to families dealing with dementia. Do not feel as though this is a battle you have to take on alone.

5. There are many eldercare providers available that can help care for a patient with dementia. If the disease progresses to a stage that cannot be managed by family and friends, elder care providers can offer a lot of help.

Research shows that family members caring for loved ones with dementia are under a lot of stress due to:

The long-term period of care required to care for someone living with the disease.

The tough cognitive and behavioural problems associated with dementia.

Severity of mental and physical impairment at the end-stages of dementia.






Providing dementia care for a loved one can become overwhelming and family caregivers may become frustrated, stressed, angry, and may even become depressed.

As with any elder care, it is difficult to balance. It's important that family caregivers prepare themselves for the rough road ahead and learn ways to address the challenges they face. The first place to start is having a talk with your loved one living with dementia and to learn their wishes before making decisions on the type of care given. Have a conversation with your loved one to understand his or her wishes before making any decisions regarding dementia care. If you need help learning, 'What is dementia,' please call 1-904-737-7667.

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