Dementia: Intervention and Support

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Dementia In the United States, a total of 10% of adults aged more than sixty five have Alzheimer's that is the most common form of dementia. (Powers, 2003) Dementia is merely a classification that combines together a variety of symptoms. It should be noted that these symptoms can be caused by many other diseases or could even be mistaken as signs of aging. The disease is quite debilitating and leaves the person incapable of doing the simplest tasks in life. Dementia leads to behavioral upsets and personality changes that the caregivers of the patient should definitely know about. Issues for caregivers A major issue for caregivers is that neither the patient nor the caregiver can pinpoint the exact symptoms of the disease. For instance, the patient will experience common lapses in memory and thus will not be able to carry out the everyday tasks like he used to. As stated earlier, many caregivers overlook these mild signs and do not realize that the disease is present until it gets worse.It should also be noted that many people fear the fact that they might have dementia. The people who have remarkable social skills therefore are very well at hiding their memory loss. (Powers, 2003) Being fearful about one's situation can cause restlessness and feeling of despair. If the caregivers are too blunt about the disease, the patient can even go on to commit suicide because of his condition. Not being able to carry out dailyactivities ultimately lowers the threshold to stress.
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