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Navagating the Dementia Journey


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FREE Resources to navigate the complex Dementia journey

When caring for a loved with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, managing dementia related behavioral symptoms of the disease can be the most challenging part of being a care partner. While the dementia related behaviors directly impact your loved one, they can also evoke a range of emotions and stress on caregivers.

Since dementia is a progressive disorder affecting memory, thinking and behavior, understanding the different stages can help you know what to expect as the disease and symptoms progress. It can also help you plan accordingly for the additional care that your loved one will likely need along the way.

Dementia experts typically group Alzheimer's into early, middle and late stages of Alzheimer's. Each stage has varying dementia related behavioral symptoms, some of them include:

  • Aggression and anger
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations or delusions
  • Memory loss and confusion
  • Repetition
  • Sleep issues and late day confusion (sundowning)
  • Suspicion and false accusations
  • Wandering

Knowing useful tips to minimize and manage these dementia related behaviors to keep your loved one happy and safe will help you remain calm and less stressed. Home Instead Senior Care has developed a series of resources that you may find helpful:

As dementia progresses, many care partners often find the need for respite to simply step away from caregiving for a few hours or to provide quality of life enhancing care. Knowing when to introduce home care into your loved one's caregiving plan and what to expect can be nerve-wracking.

The Home Instead Senior Care (Burnaby and South Vancouver), have seen many situations where proper planning as a senior loved one deals with dementia has enhanced the wellbeing and calm for their entire family, with appropriate respite for family caregivers. Sadly, the opposite stands true too and we have seen multiple instances where lack of understanding about dementia and proper planning, has led to calamitous outcome and enhanced stress for family caregivers.

For more information on dementia related matters that your senior loved one may be dealing with, please contact our expert team 24/7 at 604-283-9433

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