Dementia

Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?

Introduction

What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

Now it is My Turn to Be There for Him

My name is Julie Pacheco, I'm 47 years old and I take care of my step father Jack who is 90 years old. He suffers from dementia.

When I was 26 my mother married this man and he became a part of our crazy, dysfunctional family. By dysfunctional  I mean mainly myself, who at that time, was a single mother sufferring from the disease of addiction.

So Tired From All My Parents' Doctor Appointments That I Hate Seing One Myself

I have multiple illnesses and receive only SSI, though I did try to work some freelance after getting disability. I am currently living with, and trying to look after two parents. They are in their late 80s/early 90s and very luckily have only mild dementia. I attribute some of this to the fact that I am there and, being a person who is interested in many things, create a stimulating environment.

We Had Promised Each Other We Would Never Leave One Another

For 3 years, it was forgetting just little things. He never thought anything about it as his job was very stressful. He had a mandatory work meeting down state which he went to. But he called me on the phone saying that he was lost, and that’s when I knew there was something wrong.

I found him on the side of the road; I had told him to park and stay in his car. We went home and he seemed fine for a while.

針對有失禁症狀之癡呆症患者的護理建議 (Incontinence and Dementia - Chinese)

針對有失禁症狀之癡呆症患者的護理建議

  • 與醫生討論失禁問題是否由藥物、前列腺增生或尿道感染引起,特別是突然出現失禁症狀的患者。

 

  • 研究各種失禁用品。市面上有許多失禁用襯墊和內衣。每個人的需要各有不同,應選擇最適合的產品。在防護內褲中加上襯墊能增加吸收量。不要稱之為成人紙尿褲,應稱作防護內褲。

 

  • 癡呆症患者通常對穿著防護內褲表現抗拒。可能需要一些技巧讓他們習慣穿著,例如,在早上穿衣服時將防護內褲自然地融合到穿衣的一部分。先把襯墊放在內褲裡,在失禁病人更換衣服或從廁所站起來時,把內褲遞給他們。如果病人表現出抗拒情緒,您可以對他們說「它能幫助我更好地照顧你,這樣我就不會擔心了」,或者可以說「這對您有好處,穿上它您就不用再趕忙跑去洗手間,也不必擔心因此摔倒了。」

 

  • 使用橡膠或一次性塑膠防護床墊、椅子、汽車座椅等。

 

Consejos para cuidadores de personas con demencia que sufren incontinencia

  • Hable con el médico para determinar si los medicamentos, el agrandamiento de la próstata o una infección urinaria pueden estar causando el problema, especialmente en el caso de un inicio repentino de la incontinencia.

Transferring a Person

Tips to help caregivers move or transfer a loved one with mobility limitations

  • Learn proper body mechanics. Ask for a Physical Therapy referral from your physician to teach you how to use your body so you don’t get hurt.
  • Save your back. If you feel a strain, get help; don’t do it alone. This is for your safety and the safety of the person you are trying to move. If you hurt your back, you aren’t going to be able to care for someone else.

Feeding and Nutrition (Dementia)

Tips for caregivers of loved ones with dementia, who are concerned with providing the proper nutrition:

  • Avoid food fights. Make mealtime as pleasant as possible.  Encourage someone to eat but don’t demand, cajole or threaten.
  • Someone with dementia may not know what he/she wants to eat.  If giving choices, give only two things to choose between.  Even if a choice is made, the person may not want it when it is presented. Don’t take it personally. If you know his/her favorite foods, have them available for back up. Favorite foods might change.

We Used to Love to Travel and Eat Out . . . Now, Nothing

My husband and I care for my grandma, age 94, with dementia. She moved in with us April 2013. I also go to another lady's home for one hour in the morning to get her showered, dressed and fed and for one hour in the evening for physical therapy and to get her into bed in the evening.

I Am in Dementia Prison with My Mom

My husband and I have been caring for my 92 year old mother for over five years. It has taken me almost that long to even  admit and verbalize that my mother has dementia. I always would just say that she was forgetful and then as time went on I added the word confused. In the last year she has also become anxious and panicky when we leave her home alone for a short period of time. Tonight, after I ran an errand for less than two hours, I returned to a frantic mother.

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