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DEMENTIA

Dementia is not a disease. It is a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in mental abilities and cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, language, difficulties with thinking, comprehension, reasoning, problem solving.

 

Dementia is caused when the brain is affected by certain conditions, disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease, or series of strokes (Vascular Dementia). Those two types of dementia are most common. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually become worse.

There are different types of dementia.

People with dementia often become passive and lose interest in things that they used to enjoy.


WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT? 


Dementia is a scary, inconsistent condition. It can hurt a lot to see someone you know and love deteriorate in such a way. Although their body is there and they look the same, you may feel like the person inside is gone.

People with dementia may suffer from, anxiety, depression and/or behavioral problems. They may often become irritated, annoyed easily, or act aggressively towards a family member or friends. 

Mood is usually affected in individuals coping with dementia. Individuals can often become flustered, anxious and distressed. In some cases can become even aggressive.


Seniors who are diagnosed with progressive dementia should not enjoy a decent quality of life without support of loving relatives, hardworking caregivers, competent physicians, and professional senior care providers.

Although Dementia cannot be cured or reversed, it can be managed for years.


HOW CAN WE HELP? 


When a family member gets diagnosed with dementia, life of entire family does change. Be patient.

Caring for a loved-one who has dementia can at times be very frustrating. It is often difficult to know what patients want, or what's going on in their minds, because they themselves do not know. Without a functioning memory, how are they supposed to make sense of the world, or even their own thoughts and feelings?


We work with families to make life as normal as possible by monitoring the following:


  • Behavior management is a strategy that is used to decrease anxiety and depression in people with dementia.
  • Reduce the repetition of words
  • Aggression managing
  • Managing the eating behaviors. It has a positive effect on behavior and overall well-being.
  • Assist with regular activities. It helps to improve sleep pattern, which can often be disturbed by dementia
  • Mood balance helps to reduce anxiety and depression and keep senior calm.
  • Hygiene - ensuring the person with dementia doesn't forget to do basic and important daily, self-care routines.
  • Eating properly, drink enough, eating the right meal
  • Regular routines can include exercise classes, resistance training and stretching.


It is important for us to help patients remain as independent and as healthy as possible. They should continue to enjoy their usual activities. The better they feel the more they can enjoy life. 


Our staff is trained and know what to expect, and how to handle the challenges associated with Dementia & Alzheimer's disease in order to make life easier for both, patients and their families. 


OUR PROGRAM ensures quality and customized care that:

  • Allows seniors to remain safe and calm at home
  • Helps seniors to enjoy their independence
  • Maintains better safety, health and mobility
  • Creates social interaction
  • Supports participation in meaningful life activities
  • Provides mind-stimulating activities
  • Manages changing behaviors
  • Monitors age-related challenges
  • Provides nutrition consultation
  • Supports the family
  • Helps seniors to live to their true potential
  • Honors who seniors were earlier in life
  • Retains quality of life, purpose and dignity


Our Counsellor will help families, whose senior is affected by dementia, work out ways of dealing with everyday challenges, will develop a structure, simple routine to make life feel as normal as possible.



For more information please call: 613.216.8399