People living with dementia around the world has increased tremendously especially during the past few years. According to the British Scholarship Journal, it is to be seen that by 2030, there will be 74.7m of people diagnosed with dementia and by 2050 it might be 131.5m. What if it were you, your loved one or even your children, who were diagnosed with dementia, what should you do?
First of all, let’s talk about the what. What is dementia? According to the Alzheimer’s association, dementia is defined as a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Most people will recognize this as a normal phrase due to ageing and cognition. However, this is not true. Since dementia will affect our daily activities, it is considered as an illness which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning.
Signs and symptoms of dementia are usually shown through the memory loss on recent activities which will disrupt one’s life. The patient will face confusion with time and place and will soon to have problem in their language ability especially in speaking and writing. They would repeat the same story over and over again without any realization. As the sickness worsen, the patient will face difficulty with their familiar task and have frequent mood swings or even personality change.
These signs and symptoms sounds familiar? Be aware! Many of the risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease (for example heart attack, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease) are the same factors which will increase the chance of developing dementia. Therefore, when one is diagnosed with dementia, he might have some cardiovascular diseases as well.
Who are those which are at risk? Dementia is more common after the age of 65 years. The risk is one person in four over the age of 85 years. However, people in their 40s and 50s can also have dementia. Since most people might have dementia during their middle or elder age, it is best to understand the factors that increases dementia risk. The factors would be high blood pressure, high blood sugar or maybe just excessive stress from our daily living.
Therefore, how should we prevent it? Fear not! If there’s a will, there’s definitely a way! Even though there is no actual cure for dementia, but it can be controlled with medications and treatments. This will decline the rate of dementia slowly and make the most from the remaining abilities. With this, the medication will try to maintain the highest possible quality life from it.
Individualized care plans such as aromatherapy, music therapy, animal-assisted therapy, multisensory stimulation in a Snoezelen room or even some great massage will do. However, personal preferences should be taken note of to provide the best treatment for the patient. Not to forget, light physical exercises such as gardening, seated exercise or tai chi can help the patient physically especially to reduce the risk of dementia.
However, when you have a dementia patient at home, do not be over worried. Meet with a doctor as fast as possible and if there is no one to take care of the patient, never hesitate to get a home-caregiver.
Caregivers at 24 Angels Home Care would bring the service back to your home to help your patient in their daily living. They are capable of giving a simple massage to the patient and can even check their vital signs constantly. With this, you can always monitor the condition of the patient and would help them to receive immediate treatments from the doctors.
The caregivers can also assist the patient in having physical exercise or just have a casual chat with them. This will relax the patient mentally and physically to prevent stress as well as dementia. Any enquiries on having a caregiver?
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