Dealing with Dementia in Every Day Living

Dealing with Dementia in Every Day Living

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Dementia Care in Glendale

You can’t find your keys. You forgot about that doctor’s appointment. You don’t remember telling your daughter you would meet her for lunch. These could all be the cause of stress or just aging. It could also be the beginning signs of dementia. It is important to know the difference between forgetfulness and dementia.

Dementia is a general term used to describe the decline in one’s mental ability; enough so that it can interfere with everyday life. It is generally a slow process that starts out more gradual and then worsens over time. If you or your loved one is noticing changes in memory, talk to your doctor about what can be done. Usually dementia is accompanied by mood change, a failing sense of direction, loss for words, and being repetitive. It is important to ask your doctor to identify any unusual symptoms as they sometimes can be treated. When discovered early it not only raises the likelihood of improving and avoiding a decline, but it also gives you time to prepare for any struggles that might be ahead of you. 

Strategies to Improve Clarity and Keep Your Brain Functioning Optimally:

  • Exercise consistently
  • Eat a brain-healthy diet
  • Challenge you mind
  • Practice a healthy and restful sleeping schedule
  • Minimize stress in your life
  • Avoid smoking and limit drinking

People with dementia have a progressive brain disorder that makes it more difficult for them to take care of themselves. Below are some strategies for dealing with behavioral struggles and communication difficulties when caring for a person with dementia.

  • Set a positive mood for communication.
  • State your message clearly. Ask simple, answerable questions.
  • Be patient and listen.
  • Break down activities into a series of steps.
  • In the heat of the moment, distract and redirect.
  • Use memories to create a soothing and affirming activity.
  • Get outside support.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiving services in the home, please contact Total Care Connections, providers of the dementia care Glendale families trust, at (520) 546-1554. Our professionally trained care staff provides specialized dementia care, home care and assisted living placement services throughout the area

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