Dementia authorities agree that enjoyable, life engaging activities should be a regular part of the lives of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For example, dementia experts at the Mayo Clinic® and the Alzheimer’s Association® advise that these types of activities have essential therapeutic benefits that reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and improve the overall quality of life.
According to memory care experts at the Alzheimer’s Association® and the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can affect each person differently. However, all persons with memory loss will experience a worsening of their symptoms as time goes on. And ultimately, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease will need round-the-clock care.
Many people mistakenly believe that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the same things. The truth is that Alzheimer’s is only one form of a broader category of cognitive decline known as dementia. In fact, there are many other types of dementia with vascular multi-infarct dementia being one. Each form has its own unique causes, characteristics and suggested treatments.
“We all look forward to the holiday season, a time for friends, family, special gatherings, good food and good cheer,” says Steve Carney,Wellness Coordinator/Administrator at ImpressionsMemory Careat Bryn Mawr located in Bryn Mawr, PA.
With our aging population and the significant increase in memory loss among older Americans, it is vitally important for families to understand the differences between normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Experts on memory loss at the Alzheimer’s Association® and the Mayo Clinic® emphasize that memory loss is clearly not part of the normal aging process and should be addressed immediately by a medical professional.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, friends and family will begin to notice cognitive difficulties in the person with the disease, and changes in relationships may begin to occur.