Many don’t realize that dementia is a term that actually refers to a symptom of a variation of brain disorders which can include Alzheimer’s. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be overwhelming and life changing to say the least. However, like most everything in life that we are dealing with, understanding the problem is one of the first steps to learning how to cope and where to turn to for help in caring for someone who has dementia.
Debunking Dementia Myths
- Dementia is NOT a normal part of aging – Many people assume that dementia is a normal part of aging; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Growing old does not mean growing senile.
- Dementia DOES affect those with lower incomes – While this may come as a surprise to many, the World Health Organization has determined that 58% of those affected by the disease are from lower to middle incomes. Many believe that this could be due to a number of factors, including diet, surroundings, and medical access.
- You can lower your risk for dementia – While some types and forms of dementia can have genetic traits there have been studies that actually show you can reduce the risk of and possibly even avoid it. Recent studies by Dr. David Perlmutter have shown that increasing “good fats” to the diet helps feed the brain and keep it healthy. In this video Perlmutter talks briefly about his studies regarding the foods that can help feed the brain and help reduce the risk of dementia.
- Other ways to lower your risk – In future articles we will describe other factors that may be helpful including physical fitness, regular exercise and other lifestyle changes.
- Dementia care is NOT just the problem of the family of those afflicted – The financial costs of dementia impact us all. At an estimated $64 billion per year, the United States feels the economic crunch of dementia as well as the social impact.
- Families shouldn’t hide from the fact that dementia has affected them – Many times people are ashamed of how a loved one acts or speaks when affected by dementia. It is common for families to try to take on the task of caring for a loved one with dementia without seeking help because they don’t want their loved one to be looked upon adversely due to how they may act because of the dementia. This is not only unhealthy for the person who has dementia but for those who are suddenly put into the role of being a full time caregiver. Resources like those offered by Caring Connection can help families deal with dementia. Helping to relieve the stress & anxieties of daily life by offering expertly trained individuals who understand what you are going through can make a world of difference in everybody’s life.
- Dementia IS NOT just a disease suffered by seniors – You may be surprised to find that more and more “younger” patients are being diagnosed every year. Referred to as early onset dementia it is estimated that currently over half a million people age 55-64 are affected. We will address early onset dementia in a future article to help you understand how in home caregiving can help make a difference in the early stages.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) it is estimated that 35.6 million people are currently diagnosed with dementia worldwide and those numbers are expected to more than triple by 2030. The key to battling dementia is getting an early diagnosis and seeking professional help immediately. As statistics of those who suffer from dementia increase each year it is obvious that this could reach epidemic proportions by 2030.
Seeking professional care giving for those who suffer dementia is one of the most important steps to insuring quality of life for not only those diagnosed but their families and caregivers too. If you suspect that someone you love is showing signs of dementia don’t wait to have them diagnosed.
Most importantly remember that you should not suffer alone. Caring Connection offers personal home care services by trained caregivers for those who suffer from dementia and even early onset dementia.
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