When a close relative is diagnosed with dementia, it can send a wave of fear, uncertainty, and sadness throughout the whole family. While these feelings are unavoidable in such a difficult situation, you’re not at the mercy of them; there are many actions you can take that will ease the pain and anxiety of a dementia diagnosis. Once you’ve gotten the chance to collect your thoughts, it’s time to be proactive in a way that will help you and the patient.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia refers to a group of symptoms without a definitive diagnosis. These symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty recognizing people, and a poor sense of time, among many others. Different people exhibit dementia in completely different ways – one patient’s demeanor might be happy as a clam 24/7, while another patient may act irritable and even aggressive. Regardless of how your loved one exhibits the disease, rest assured that you are not alone: According to the World Health Organization, nearly 50 million people are currently living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes many of the same symptoms, indicating an overall decline in memory and cognitive function. It falls under the umbrella of dementia, but not all cases of dementia indicate Alzheimer’s disease. There are many other types of dementia.
Where to Seek Help and Find Support
With so many people suffering from dementia worldwide, there are now more resources for navigating the disease than ever before. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – it will go a long way in helping you feel calmer about the diagnosis.
Are you struggling to cope with a dementia diagnosis in the family? HealthKeeperz’ expert team of in-home healthcare professionals can help take some of the weight off your shoulders. Please contact us at 800-309-3784 to start the conversation.