Living with and caring for people who have dementia pose profound challenges. Ongoing specialized care, services and support are needed as a person’s cognitive, social and physical abilities decline and care demands on their family increase. Compassionate care for all family members is essential.
Dementia is a term that describes a group of symptoms that affect a person’s cognitive and social abilities. It interferes with a person’s ability to manage their activities of daily living.
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Memory loss alone does not mean that a person has dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of dementia. Other types of dementia include: Lewy Body Dementia, Vascular Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia. Medical assessment is required to make an accurate diagnosis.
My work with indivduals who have dementia and their families focuses on:
- Care Planning: Progressive diseases require parallel conversations about present and anticipated future care needs and related logistics.
- Maximizing Autonomy: Including people with dementia in care conversations to ensure their voices are heard.
- Assisted Living: At some point, a person’s care needs can no longer be best met at home and other options need to be explored. (See Assisted Living)
- Strategies to ensure safety in the home and in the community.
- Strategic Planning for hospitalizations and medical appointments.
- Providing emotional support throughout the care journey.
- Supporting designated Powers of Attorney (POA) in their care roles.
Body/Mind/Heart explores nurturing and shifting our perspectives on our relationships with others – including with people who have dementia.
The road ahead can be untangled – one step at a time.
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