Help Your Family Understand The Struggles From Living With Dementia
In the not so distant past the diagnosis of dementia came with an absolute finality but today there is hope amidst the struggle of having dementia or caring for someone who does. Dementia is serious but memory care options are improving. Mental anguish can become mental activity especially when you learn an active mind helps. At Ashford Assisted Living and Memory Care we are here to help you understand the struggles common to dementia patients and their families.
What Is Dementia?
First of all dementia is not a disease. Dementia is description of a variety of diseases affecting memory. Alzheimer’s Disease is one under the umbrella of dementia and it accounts for up to 80-percent of cases. The other twenty percent run the gamut from vascular dementia which is the type typically seen in stroke patients to some that are as a result of reversible nutrient and/or hormone deficiencies. Regardless of the cause dementia is caused by brain cell death, damage, and/or disruption. As more brain cells die, the impairment increases. For cases involving brain cell death, restoration is not possible.
Early Intervention Is Critical
If you suspect you or a loved one is in the early stages of dementia, please seek medical attention immediately. The feelings of “losing one’s mind” are difficult to cope with however early intervention is critical. In cases of permanent dementia, it does progress but dementia is manageable in early stages.
Living Well With Dementia
Yes, it is possible to live well with dementia. The diagnosis can bring on depression or feelings of isolation. Seeking a support network not only for the benefit of sharing experiences but to maintain social connection fosters good brain health. Learning the dietary, fitness, and changes to the daily routine such as getting enough sleep and staying mentally stimulated can help those in the earliest stages have a sense of control and freedom over their condition.
Communication Is Key
Whether you are the person with dementia or the loved one, learning to communicate is crucial. The memory lapses in the early stages of dementia can wreak havoc on the sense of independence and well-being. Learning to change and accept change will make all the difference. This is not the time for pride. It is okay to ask for, receive, and offer help. Letting your feelings be known. Anger, sadness, and worry are normal for everyone involved. It is okay to talk about those feelings. No matter which side of the diagnosis you are on it is going to be difficult so reach for each other and reach out to those who can help you navigate those changes.
At Ashford Assisted Living and Memory Care we are well-equipped to help you and your loved ones make decisions about what memory care services are necessary for you and your family.