Slowing Down Dementia
There are things you can do to slow down the progression of dementia in its early stages. Involving your loved one in stimulating activities will help maintain their current level of cognitive health.
Dementia takes a person’s mind not their need to relate to others
Dementia takes a way a person’s mind, but it does NOT take away their need to relate to others. As the late Rev. Elbert Cole wrote, people with dementia are like the rest of us: They need to feel loved and appreciated.
The difference between Dementia and Alzheimers
Many people think the words “Alzheimer’s” and “dementia” are synonymous…THEY’RE NOT! The word “Dementia” refers to the symptoms of certain cognitive disorders, while the word “Alzheimer’s” refers to the actual disease that is the most common cause of dementia.
Caring for persons with dementia requires superhuman energy… and as the dementia progresses —there will be even MORE demands on you, the caregiver–Which means that, as your loved one’s situation changes, YOUR responses may also change—and not necessarily for the better!
Slowing Down Alzheimers
People with dementia still need to feel that they are loved and appreciated. We can help them by engaging them in activities that make them feel useful; by including them in important occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and holidays and MOST IMPORTANTLY: by continuing to listen to their stories and concerns—even if we have already heard them a million times.
The need to relate to others
I’ve often been asked: how do you love someone with dementia, when the feelings are no longer reciprocated in the same way?