Caring for Dementia Patients and Preventing Decline

Dementia is more than a disease. Rather, dementia is compiled of a series of symptoms that signal a decline in mental and cognitive health. Caring for dementia patients takes compassion, patience, and, above all, understanding. Let’s delve into the roots of dementia as well as how to care for dementia patients and help them prevent further decline.

Dementia and Occupational Therapy - Home caregiver and senior adult woman

About Dementia

The main result of dementia is brain cell death which is caused by several symptoms and diseases. Dementia results in a state of general mental difficulty. Patients who suffer from dementia commonly find it difficult to accomplish daily activities without help, making them candidates for assisted living.

Dementia is incurable. Alzheimer’s is one of the most common and devastating forms of dementia. However, some prescription drugs can help alleviate and improve symptoms, temporarily. There are also some non-drug approaches that have been used to treat Alzheimer’s. These “therapies” can be useful in controlling the patient’s behavioral and physical symptoms.

 

Caring for Dementia Patients

If you find yourself taking care of a person with dementia, there are several things to keep in mind:

  • Remember to set a positive mood
  • Make sure to get the patient’s attention to avoid startling them
  • Ask questions that are clear and easy to answer
  • Learn how to distract from or change subjects in order to keep the patient from emotionally troubling topics

If your loved one is suffering from dementia, the best thing you can offer is your company and positive energy. When caring for dementia patients, communication through body language and tone of voice is of high value. For example, adopting a calm, pleasant tone while speaking simply and clearly can help them remain at ease.

 

Preventing Dementia & Decline

Some of the best ways to avoid dementia include:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Keeping your body and mind active
  • No smoking
  • Checking up with your doctor to make sure everything is functioning properly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

 

David York Agency’s Professionals Can Help

For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free phone consultation can help you decide what services might be best. We aim to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need. If you’d like to hear more from us, please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn.