According to some statistics there are over 35 million people in the world suffering from dementia and their number is increasing because the world population is aging more than ever.
Dementia is a syndrome (group of signs and symptoms) which is characterized by cognitive decline and significant behavioral changes that disrupt the daily activities of people and this condition is caused primarily by brain diseases. The risk of appearance of dementia significantly grows when a person reaches 60 years.
Dementia is not a disease, but a large group of diverse diseases. Of course, the most common and best known is Alzheimer’s disease or AD and nearly 60% of patients suffering from dementia have AD. The most evident sign of this disease is forgetfulness. This disease can affect every brain function and different people have different symptoms or a combination of them – difficulties in speech, thinking, lack of attention, moodiness and other functions. For the diagnosis of dementia to be complete and final it is important to identify outages in at least two independent areas (like attention and memory or mood and speech). It is good to point out that in some diseases related to dementia, forgetfulness doesn’t have to be present (frontotemporal dementia).
Forgetfulness is not something that is “exclusive” for older people. But, most of us asks the same question when we notice forgetfulness – is this a regular forgetfulness that can happen in anyone or are we developing a disease? Memory is here to provide the knowledge of the past to any person. Memory can be described as a tool of continuity not only for individuals, but for the human race too. The most common cause of pathological forgetfulness is dementia or the diseases that occur due to deterioration of brain cells.
Supervision of a demented person practically lasts 24 hours a day and over time people who take care of these persons have less time for their personal life. The disease is slowly progressing and many demented patients need to be placed in nursing homes or similar institutions because of the inability to provide proper care and medical care at home. However, in the past few years home care services are getting quite popular because the patients don’t have to leave their home in order to get professional help. The caregivers can visit the patients whenever it is necessary. In this way the quality of life of the patient and the quality of life of their family will be improved. Although some people may think that these services are expensive, the money they spend on various medications and other products that ease the patient’s pains will be significantly reduced.
Patients and family members must receive thorough and understandable information about the symptoms of the disease according to its stages, what kind of preventive measures they can take and what they can expect in the future. The existence of patients suffering from dementia can disturb the relations between family members and that’s why it is the best idea to look for a professional help through a home care service.
The expert Alzheimer’s care Charlotte providers, at Comprehensive Home Care, are here to help you and your senior loved one. Call us to learn how we can assist.