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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.

Special Concerns of LGBT Caregivers

Introduction

As Americans live longer, greater attention is being paid to the concerns facing aging adults and caregivers. While many issues are the same for all older adults and those who care for them, some unique considerations arise for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people dealing with aging.

 

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Overview

We know that some memory loss is associated with getting older. We forget someone's name, where we put the keys, the date. But if memory loss is becoming troublesome, and you notice that it's happening more and more, you may have what's known as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

This fact sheet provides information about MCI, practical tips for coping with its effects, and suggestions for how family members or friends can help.

Vision Loss and Blindness

Nearly 3.5 million Americans over 40 have some degree of vision loss, most commonly from age-related conditions. This number is expected to double in the next few decades as the baby boomers grow older.

Most people with age-related vision loss will not become completely blind; instead they will experience partial or moderate loss of vision. They may need to develop new skills to remain self-reliant. This Fact Sheet discusses age-related vision loss and how you, as caregiver, can help your loved one adjust to the challenges.

Suy giảm nhận thức nhẹ (MCI) (Mild Cognitive Impairment)

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

Model Programs

Programs included here were selected for their well recognized contributions to the support of families in their caregiving role. Many of these programs are considered to be authorities in their fields and have been replicated widely. In addition, programs:

Guia del cuidador para entender la conducta de los pacientes con demencia (Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors)

El cuidado de un ser querido que padezca de demencia plantea muchas dificultades a las familias y a los cuidadores. Los pacientes con demencia provocada por la enfermedad de Alzheimer u otros trastornos similares presentan un deterioro cerebral progresivo que les hace cada vez más difícil acordarse de las cosas, pensar con claridad, comunicarse con los demás o atender a su propia persona. Además, la demencia puede provocar variaciones súbitas del estado de ánimo e incluso cambiar la personalidad y la conducta del paciente.

HIV-Associated Dementia

Introduction

Since the start of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago, doctors, caregivers and patients themselves have observed that some people with the disease experience declines in brain function and movement skills as well as slight or sudden shifts in behavior and mood.

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

First, Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.

Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents

Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents

As you've watched your parents get older, perhaps you have struggled with situations such as these:

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