The word dementia comes from the Latinde meaning “apart” and mens from the genitive mentis meaning “mind”. Dementia is the progressive deterioration in cognitive function – the ability to process thought (intelligence).
Symptoms of Dementia
Memory loss - the patient may forget his way back home from the shops. He may forget names and places. He may find it hard to remember what happened earlier on during the day.
Moodiness - the patient may become more and more moody as parts of the brain that control emotion become damaged. Moods may also be affected by fear and anxiety - the patient is frightened about what is happening to him.
Communicative difficulties - the affected person finds it harder to talk read and/or write.
In the majority of cases dementia is incurable. Researchers are making inroads into treatments that may slow down dementia’s progress. Cholinestaerase inhibitors are frequently administered during the early stages. Cognitive and behavioral therapies may also be useful. Several studies have found that music therapy helps patients with dementia. It is important to remember that the patient’s caregiver also needs training and emotional support.
In the USA, Tacrine (Cognex), donepezil (Aricept), galantamine (Razadyne), and rivastigmine (Exelon) have been approved for the treatment of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease – some physicians prescribe these drugs for vascular dementia as well. Selegiline, which is used for treating Parkinson’s disease, has been found to slow down the progress of dementia.
In Canada, a country where two languages are spoken, English and French, researchers found that bilingual people who develop dementia do so four years later than monolingual people who develop dementia. The four year difference prevails even after factoring for such variables as cultural differences, education, employment, gender and immigration.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.
Here are some tips on what you can do if Alzheimer’s hits your home:
1.Don’t go into denial. Consult a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms.
2.Resolve to have the goal of making your parent happy every time you visit him or her.
3.Never take your parent’s forgetfulness personally. Never believe your parent has forgotten you.
4.Never believe you can no longer reach your parent. You can’t converse with your parent with words, but you can with emotion. The happiness you make her feel becomes your new way of connecting.
5.Accept your parent’s condition as her new normal, and have no expectations of him or her getting better.
Kankinya is the privately operated Elderly Care facility in Canberra and it is also the only facility located on the northern side of Canberra with easy access to all parts of the City specializing in dementia care.
Kankinya offers a safe and caring envionment, catering to the needs of wide range of elderly residents. Our fully qualified staff specializes in dementia care.
There are many forms of dementia, usually occurring in after the age of 65, but like many illnessess it can happen at any time. The progressive decline in a persons fuctioning can mean the individual may experience loss of memory, interllect, rationality, social skills and their emotional response may seem obscure.
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Dementia And Alzheimers Care