Understanding dementia. What Is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term that refers to a set of symptoms, including memory loss, difficulty with numbers, disorientation to time and place, declines in verbal processing, and a loss of fine and gross motor skills. This decline in brain function can also cause personality changes. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, however there are other types of dementia which all share several common signs and symptoms.
The Effects of Dementia
Dementia can begin with relatively minor symptoms like forgetfulness, but over time as the condition progresses, other symptoms begin to develop. Memory loss becomes more persistent and pervasive, and it will become more and more difficult to complete tasks – even simple and familiar ones like bathing or getting dressed. Both fine and gross motor skills decline over time, and patients may have difficulty walking. Behavior and personality changes can also occur, as well as mood changes that can make caring for loved ones especially frustrating.
Moving to a Care Community
No matter how much you wish you could care for your loved one on your own, at some point, it’s extremely likely the needs of your loved one would be better met by professional caregivers at a memory care community designed for residents with dementia. Moving to a memory care community is especially important if your loved one is exhibiting any of these symptoms:
- Wandering, a symptom that increases as the disease progresses
- “Sundowning,” a term that describes behavior that becomes much more difficult and agitated in the late afternoon and evening
- Aggression, another common symptom that can occur as the disease progresses, destroying the normal response centers of the brain
- Significant need for personal care
- Increased risk for home safety issues
Caregiver stress is also an important consideration; if caring for a loved one is causing stress or strain in your own family or you find the experience overwhelming for your physical, emotional or mental health, moving your loved one to a memory care setting is the best option for all.
Why Emerson House at Riverpointe?
You’ll find peace knowing your loved one will receive the care and kindness they need to live life in comfort and with dignity and respect. Our community was designed specifically for patients with dementia and memory problems.
Consider a complimentary consultation – We’ll even come to you.
It’s far more effective to see an individual in the environment that they are comfortable in. We’re happy to conduct a thorough cognitive screening of your loved one and provide coaching to help you understand his or her needs more fully.