Dementia is a general term used for loss of memory or cognitive ability that can disrupt everyday life. There are different types of dementia, such as: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, cognitive impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease and others. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases.
Sign and Symptoms: Alzheimer’s vs. Aging
How can you tell if it is Alzheimer’s? Not everyone who experiences memory loss is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Signs of dementia can include:
- impaired focus
- uncharacteristic mood changes
- difficulty finding the right words to use
- repetition of sentences and tasks
- short-term memory loss
The best way to know for certain is to consult a physician. There are currently medications available to help slow the progression, but there is not a cure for this disease.
How Assisting Hands Home Care Helps
When the news of a dementia diagnosis is received, families are faced with additional stresses and difficult decisions about how to care for their loved ones. Assisting Hands Home Care is there to help relieve the burden. We provide in-home dementia care to keep your loved one in a secure environment while receiving daily assistance, socialization and stimulation.
Our Qualified Caregivers
We take a person-centered approach to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Our care plans are developed and carried out around the individual, not the disease.
Assisting Hands caregivers are trained to deal with the challenges of dementia and memory loss. They are armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand who their client was before the disease’s onset, as well as who their client is presently, and how they can contribute to ensure the client’s well-being and safety.
Professional caregivers provide the necessary social interaction to help keep your loved one’s mind active and engaged. They are trained to offer memory stimulation exercises, such as working on puzzles, performing small projects, and engaging in conversation.