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:
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:
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