Dementia is a medical condition that effects brain function. Older people are more likely to suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s (a similar disorder) while the condition is medical, there is usually no treatment and any treatment that can be offered only slows down the illness it sadly can not be cured.
Living with Dementia
Living with Dementia can be upsetting, scary or frustrating for those suffering from it. Often they become confused, forgetful and agitated as their ability to lead their life to its previous quality becomes impaired. Talking with specialist service and others suffering from the illness or similar illnesses such as dementia can be very helpful.
Dementia is a degenerative illness meaning people suffering get worse over time for instance in the early stages they may forget a word, repeat themselves or get a little disorientated, in later stages they may be able to care for themselves or recall their friends and relatives. Meaning different services or advice may be more beneficial at different stages of the illness.
Support for family members
Alzheimer’s and dementia can have a huge impact on family members in particular those living with the individual who has the illness. It is equally as important for those caring or supporting a family member with the illness to seek help and information about what is to come and how to deal with it. Many family members become as frustrated with the illness as the person suffering with it and this only adds to the stress for the person with the illness which often makes the illness worse. It is important to encourage them to do as much as they are able to help keep their mind and body active for as long as they are able too.
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