Dealing with Dementia

Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is something which not only effects the patients, but also their loved ones. While they are medically different, they have many common characteristics. Progressive cognitive decreasing of abilities is a part of it, which leads to difficulties in doing even normal day to day tasks. Helping in this area, perhaps would be like helping anyone with disability, but there is a much more deeper and darker part of Dementia. The people who are suffering or progressing into dementia are often, depressed or confused. There is sometimes deep paranoia. The result is often inappropriate or even highly confrontational and violent. Dealing with that is often very difficult but understanding that your loved one is not doing it on purpose and just gently work with them will help. This takes a great amount of patience and love. Often they would be confused about where they are or may make poor judgment calls. But in all this, it is important not to argue with them but gently guide them in the right direction or gently change the topic.

Assisted living facilities can offer great peace of mind to the loved ones of those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Moving to senior apartments doesn’t mean living in a nursing home. You are not a patient in assisted living facility, but a resident who always has help and assistance at their disposal in dealing with these difficult diseases. Senior assisted living can provide help around the house when you are no longer up to the daily tasks and can make life easier.

Brenda O’Donnell talks with Sheila McKay Vaughn and Scott Selis about Advanced Directives and why you should have them and how they can benefit everyone not just those in hospice.

What are Advanced Directives?  Effectively they are legal documents to  describe your end-of-life care ahead of time.  Though this isn’t limited just to a “living will” it can also include traditional wills, power of attorny, and similar things so that you are properly cared for the event you can voice your own desires.

These are important for everyone because even something random like a car accident or similar can make these vitally important.  These are not just about staying on life support or not, but about making your loved ones lives easier with financial matters and similar issues.