Living with dementia is difficult, and being a caretaker has its own challenges. Unlike many other health conditions, dementia comes on gradually and the signs can often be easy to miss. Dementia symptoms may include agitation, sleeplessness, delusions and extreme personality changes. At Eskaton, a 50 year old nonprofit, we understand what you are going through and we strive to make the process a little easier for you and your loved ones. To be better suited to care for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, here are a few tips.
Topics: Living with Dementia
If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with dementia, know that living well is still possible with the right supportive environment. At Eskaton, we believe in seeing each person's abilities, not disabilities. We are inspired by people living with dementia who are advocates for well-being. This advice comes from experts living with dementia.
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Most people have heard the term dementia but don’t have a personal experience with it. Often the term is interchanged with Alzheimer’s disease. However, Alzheimer's disease is just one type of dementia that accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. There are many types of dementia ranging from Parkinson’s disease to vascular dementia to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). The term dementia is used to describe a wide range of symptoms associated with cognitive change including memory loss, impaired judgment, difficulty speaking and mood changes such as depression. Dementia may cause a person's ability to perform day-to-day activities to become challenging over time. But there is hope that the challenges can be lessened by creating the right supportive and adaptive environment.
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Vera, living with dementia, replies, “The melody. I love to sing and listen. I used to sing in Europe while I worked. It’s a good feeling. Makes life happier and reminisce precious moments.”
Dementia is a difficult burden for some couples, but there are ways to overcome it. By being prepared for the challenges that dementia can present, you can minimize frustrations and anxiety and instead emphasize the love that the two of you have always shared.
Eskaton supports a wide range of research and innovative strategies determined to make Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a thing of the past. But today, over 5 million people in the US are suffering from this disease. There are 45 million family members providing care to those with dementia and other age related illnesses. Eskaton is committed to older adults and their family members to offer flexible options for the level of care needed. Below are resources, support groups and services available in Northern California and beyond.