Special Report for 2013: What is Dementia?

By on May 8, 2013
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What is dementia? 

Studies show that there are 24 million people living with some form of dementia. Understanding dementia and the disease process will provide insight and an educated approach to dementia care. For example, though dementia is one the of the world’s fastest growing diseases, many are not aware that there are over 100 different types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of the age-related memory loss diseases. Dementia is the seventh leading cause of death in the US. With the large aging population, the statistics are dismal. It is anticipated that 10 million baby boomers will develop a type of dementia.

Because women live longer than men statistically, it is expected that one in twenty women over the age of 65 and one in five over the age of 80 will develop some type of dementia. Studies show that 70% of those diagnosed with dementia live at home and are receiving care from family and friends. The statistics for the family caregiver/care partner are also sobering. Half of all family caregivers/care partners become seriously ill; some die before the person with dementia does.

Chronic stress negatively affects the family caregiver/care partner. This is a reality that everyone needs to know so that they can take the proper steps to take care of themselves first, to ensure their own health and well-being. The family caregiver/care partner is the most important part of the care-giving equation. Without them, everything can fall apart. This stress is increased by the progressively changing needs of the person with dementia. Care methods and approaches need to be reassessed regularly, a challenging task at times. Stress, frustration, anger and rage are common feelings that the family caregiver/care partner experiences over time.

It is inevitable, as dementia progresses, that the caregiver/care partner caring for someone at home will have difficulty managing behavioral symptoms…Click here to download a kindle book to learn more on WHAT IS DEMENTIA?

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