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Dementia Care Dos & Don

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Mid-to-late stage dementia often presents a variety of challenging behavioral problems. This discussion of common symptoms may help prepare you to effectively support a person with dementia.

What Patient Behavior Is Typical of Dementia?

Anger, confusion, anxiety, and sadness are a few of the emotional symptoms a dementia patient might experience. The overwhelming nature of these feelings often results in a range of unpredictable behaviors that requires the caregiver to be extremely patient. A dementia patient may become irritable and even belligerent, with little provocation. He or she may go in and out of being confused and disoriented, or even attempt to manipulate those around them. Struggling with communication is one of the most upsetting aspects of taking care of someone with Alzheimer

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Protecting against cognitive decline

This article was posted on Harvard Health Publishing

While there’s currently no treatment that can prevent or cure dementia, researchers have identified some factors that may help protect you from cognitive decline.

Exercise

Exercise offers an impressive array of health benefits. It helps prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes; lowers the risk for high blood pressure, colon cancer, and breast cancer; and helps relieve insomnia, anxiety, and depression. In addition, it may help ward off cognitive decline and dementia. Plus, some studies have shown that engaging in a program of regular exercise improved cognitive function in people who already had memory problems. Exercise may be particularly advantageous for people who carry the APOE4 gene variant, which makes people more susceptible to Alzheimer’s.

A Mediterranean-style diet

A Mediterranean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and olive oil, and includes moderate amounts of fish, poultry, and dairy products, while limiting red meat. This eating pattern has long been recognized as promoting better cardiovascular health ,lowering the risk of certain cancers, and may protect against cognitive

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Effective Communication in Late Stage Dementia

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Early in the journey with dementia,

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Staving off dementia when you have mild cognitive impairment

This article was originally shared on Harvard Health Publishing.

The shift from this condition to dementia is not necessarily inevitable.

Will I get dementia? That common question takes on urgency if you have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a slight but noticeable change in memory and thinking skills. But the progression from MCI to dementia is not automatic. In fact, MCI is not always permanent. “It depends on the underlying cause,” says Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

What are the causes of MCI?

MCI is not dementia (see “What is dementia?”), but it’s not normal thinking, either. It often stems from disease or treatments for disease, including

  • degenerative brain disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease (in which case, MCI is often a precursor to dementia)
  • stroke or other vascular disease
  • traumatic brain injury
  • a medication side effect
  • an underlying health problem, such as sleep deprivation, depression, or anxiety.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a condition of persistent impairment in brain activities

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Tips for Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

43.5 million adult caregivers are currently caring for someone aged 50+, and 14.9 of those are caring for an individual who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. “Safe At Home, A Caregiver’s Guide” offers simple and inexpensive ideas for families who are providing care at home for a loved one in the middle to advanced stages of dementia. Each chapter of this video focuses on a specific area of the home and how to make that area safer.

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be especially difficult around the holidays, but these tips are designed to make your life a little easier. Enjoy your time with your loved one this holiday season and treasure the memories they share.

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

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