How to Cope With Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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A disease is an unfortunate occurrence that we experience as a caregiving company quite often. Two diseases that we see the most are Alzheimer’s and Dementia. In this blog, we have definitions, how both diseases impact people suffering and those around them, how to cope, help, and manage the diseases.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia are often confused and many people contemplate that one means the other or that they are both the same disease. There are a few differences between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dementia can be described as a brain disorder that affects the way a person can communicate and do daily tasks. Some forms of dementia can be reversible or temporary like a drug interaction or vitamin deficiency. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s is merely a form of dementia that affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Alzheimer’s is not reversible; it is incurable at the time.

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Alzheimer’s is a disease that is a form of dementia and can cause difficulties with memory, thinking, and behavior. These symptoms progress at different rates but do get worse. This can cause problems with everyday daily tasks. Over time, your brain doesn’t communicate with your body and can lose brain and body functions completely. The scary part is that this disease can tell your body to stop eating and walking, which is in any instance difficult

Dementia is a disease as well; however, it is the loss of cognitive thinking, which is the thinking, remembering, and reasoning part of the brain. It also affects the behavioral abilities which are the person’s daily life and activities. Dementia has different stages of how severe it can become. The lowest stage affects some functions in your daily life and the most severe stage depends on others to help them with basic activities of living. Also, some people with dementia cannot control their emotions and personalities may change. Sometimes, this can seem like the most difficult part. In addition, people with dementia may have delusions, such as the idea that someone is stealing from them. They also can hallucinate and experience things that are not real, such as seeing things that are not really there.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are still a mystery in many ways. This is why the two similar diseases are often mixed up in everyday conversation and understanding. Also, these two diseases are similar in ways in which they both affect the brain and daily life in some form.

In order to help these two diseases, you can do certain tasks to help and support a person’s sense of well-being. With Alzheimer’s here are a few tasks to help them during their daily routines:

  • In order to not lose anything around the house, keep keys, wallets, mobile phones and other valuables in the same place at home.
  • If you are taking medications, see if your doctor can make a daily dose schedule for you.
  • Arrange any of your finances to an automatic payment to help you not forget what days to pay bills.
  • Carrying a phone with you at all times can help in case you are lost or confused with where you are at and someone can track where you are at. Also, any phone numbers that are important should be programmed in your phone so you can call them at any times.
  • Make sure any appointments are made the same day and time to reduce confusion.
  • Putting up a calendar around the house with tasks to track your daily schedules and activities.
  • Reduce the number of mirrors. People with Alzheimer’s may find images in mirrors confusing or frightening.
  • Keep pictures and other meaningful objects around your home to help with memory.

For dementia, the daily tasks will be a bit different than someone with Alzheimer’s. Dementia symptoms and behaviors problems can be treated by different approaches, such as:

  • Occupational therapy which is a therapist showing you how to make your home safe and teaching coping behaviors. The purpose of this therapy is to prevent falls, manage behaviors that will change over time and prepare any other dementia symptoms.
  • Reducing clutter and noise around their home can help them focus and function through daily activities. While cleaning up clutter, make sure to hide any objects they can hurt themselves with.
  • Keep a routine and simple tasks for someone with dementia to reduce any confusion.

Other approaches to help people with Dementia include:

  • Music therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Art therapy

If you know someone who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia remember that support and kindness are the best approaches to any and all situations.

 

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