January 12, 2019
4 Steps for Caring for a senior with Dementia
“Even a well person might get distracted and forget to watch a child for a little while. People with dementia, however, might forget all about the child and just leave the house for the day.”
Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior.
Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia (60% to 80%).
Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms
Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.
Memory loss in dementia can be serious enough for the person to forget where they are, even on their home street.
The symptoms of dementia experienced by patients, or noticed by people close to them, are exactly the same signs that healthcare professionals look for.
Therefore, detailed information on these is given in the next section about tests and diagnosis.
A person with dementia may show any of the following problems, mostly due to memory loss – some of which they may notice (or become frustrated with) themselves, while others may only be picked up by carers or healthcare workers as a cause for concern.
The signs used to compile this list are published by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in the journal American Family Physician.
Also see: 10 Signs of Dementia (PDF)
All dementias are caused by brain cell death, and neurodegenerative disease – progressive brain cell death that happens over a course of time – is behind most dementias.
Some common causes are listed below:
Alzheimer’s is thought to be caused by “plaques” between the dying cells in the brain and “tangles” within the cells (both are protein abnormalities: a build-up of “beta-amyloid” in plaques and the disintegration of “tau” protein in tangles).
Avoiding the following things can help prevent the disease:
Dementia care offers catered memory care services, attention and medication management, often in a secure assisted living or nursing home setting.
Often in later stages of dementia, it’s too difficult for a family to take care of their loved ones as they need more specialized, expert care from trained professionals.
Noble Care Malaysia provides specialized care services for dementia patients. We have trained professionals for caring of dementia.
Noble Care Malaysia is well known because of its wide range of care services offered for old folks (elderly care).