Moving from a familiar environment to a new location can be difficult for any of us. However, moving for a person living with dementia can be particularly challenging, say memory care specialists.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia typically cling to their familiar surroundings and established routines. When their sense of security is disrupted, as in the case of a move, loved ones with dementia can become disoriented, anxious and agitated.
At-home caregivers for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia endure a variety of physical and emotional challenges every day. Balancing the multiple responsibilities of home, family and work with caregiving duties can be a huge burden on any human being, leaving little or no time for personal pleasure.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – the ideal time to recommit ourselves to combating Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, while providing the best possible care and support to loved ones living with the disease.
Alzheimer’s continues to be one of the leading causes of death and declining quality of life for senior adults in America and around the world. And with increased awareness and publicity about the disease, including stories of famous people’s struggles with Alzheimer’s, it has become a very public affair and part of our daily social conscience.
While no one likes to consider the possibility of life with dementia, dementia care experts agree that early detection by a primary care physician or specialist is highly important. There are several reasons for this, including:
Although scientists are still searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there has been tangible progress in reversing early cognitive decline that can lead to dementia. An important aspect of this progress is recent research on the benefits of meditation and music therapy. The findings are good news for all older adults who might be concerned about faltering memory and the risk of continuing cognitive decline.
With Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia already affecting more than 5 million senior adults in the U.S., the need for interventions that promote brain health has never been greater.
The good news, according to the Alzheimer’s Association®, is that there is growing evidence that shows that older Americans can maintain brain function and memory by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. And one of the easiest and most effective of these lifestyle habits is exercise.
Dementia care authorities at the Alzheimer’s Association and the Mayo Clinic have long recognized the therapeutic benefits of music for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Recently, the scientific knowledge on the effects of music on the symptoms of dementia was advanced further in a report published in the July 2018 edition of JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Dementia care specialists have said for years that maintaining normal blood pressure is good for heart health, which in turn supports good brain health. Now researchers are saying that there appears to be a direct link between high blood pressure and the risk of dementia. Today, high blood pressure affects one in three people in the US.
According to scientists, uncontrolled high blood pressure is now being viewed as a cause of dementia. They say important new studies link high blood pressure -- particularly in middle age – to an increased risk of dementia later on in life.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease would be an unwelcome, life-altering event for any of us. Therefore, it is understandable that a loved one who is exhibiting symptoms of dementia might want to avoid a formal diagnosis and the reality of Alzheimer’s as a new part of their life – and even refuse to see their doctor of many years
Alzheimer’s authorities tell us that this form of denial – avoiding a diagnosis by refusing to see the doctor – is common. After all, contemplating a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and the long-term impact on one’s life can be traumatic.
At-home caregivers of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia face an increasing number of challenges as the disease progresses. Two of the more challenging symptoms that can present themselves are anger and aggression.