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Healthy Eating Tips To Overcome Challenges Of Dementia

If your senior loved one is suffering from dementia disorders, you should be concerned about the nutritional intake of the person. This is because getting proper nutrition is very much important to maintaining proper health. Also, a deficiency of nutrients can lead to fatigue and other symptoms that can impact the overall health and well being of your senior loved one. But, people suffering from dementia disorders can face challenges with eating, such as difficulty swallowing, which can make it harder for caregivers to ensure proper intake of nutrients. Dehydration is one of the biggest issues faced by people suffering from dementia disorders. In the opinion of dementia care experts, people suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia disorders might not be able to recognize that they are thirsty, or may simply forget to drink water. This can result in dehydration which can lead to headaches, confusion and other issues like urinary tract infection, constipation, etc, which can worsen the symptoms of dementia disorders. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your senior loved one can easily access water whenever needed. It is also a good idea to keep a pitcher of water neat to their chair or bed. Another common concern for seniors suffering from dementia disorders is the loss of weight. Alzheimer’s care experts opine that the following dementia-related challenges and symptoms can contribute to the loss of weight.  Difficulty understanding that they are hungry  Lack of appetite  Fatigue  Difficulty in preparing meals  Reduced […]

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Dementia Symptoms And Gun Ownership In Seniors

Many Americans have at least one gun in their house. A gun can offer some seniors a sense of safety. There are others who use a gun as a tool for recreational shooting and hunting. However, among seniors suffering from dementia disorders, a gun can become a potentially dangerous and lethal weapon. This is why memory care experts advise monitoring a senior gun owner for symptoms of dementia. Our senior care experts share some of the important warning signs that you should look out for about dementia symptoms and gun ownership in seniors. Warning Signs To Look Out For A survey conducted in the 90s suggests that about sixty percent of people suffering from dementia have guns. Some of the important warning signs that your senior loved one should give up their guns are: Changes in behavior, mood or personality: Dementia is a disorder that can affect cognition and can change the way a person thinks. This means that if your senior loved one is suffering from dementia, he/she can become aggressive. This is especially true if the person is suffering from frontotemporal dementia. Therefore, a gun can be deadly in the hands of a person who is depressed, angry or aggressive. Attention problems: Various types of dementia disorders can compromise the attention of a person. When this happens, your senior loved one may forget where the gun is kept, forget to finish unloading the chamber of a gun, or may even forget how to use a gun. Difficulty managing […]

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An Alzheimer’s Care Guide For Family Caregivers

Alzheimer’s is one of the most common forms of dementia and affects more than six million Americans. Even though it is very prevalent, there are many misconceptions about the meaning of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This stigma can make people living with Alzheimer’s feel lonely and misunderstood. Also, it can contribute to a faster progression of the condition, and lower quality of life.  If a senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or if you doubt that a loved one might be developing symptoms, it is important for both of you to understand that people with the condition can live satisfying lives for many years after the diagnosis. Living with Alzheimer’s is worthwhile, especially with the help and support from friends and family, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.  Early Intervention  As per many experts in memory care, it is important to consult a healthcare provider if your senior loved one starts to experience memory loss or disorientation. These must be warning signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Getting a diagnosis and starting treatment in the early stages can let people with Alzheimer’s enjoy life for years after the diagnosis. Early diagnosis can offer patients access to modern treatment that can slow down the progression of the disease and manage the symptoms of the conditions effectively.  Apart from early diagnosis and intervention, it is significant to maintain an active lifestyle and seek chances to build interpersonal relationships as these can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the patient. […]

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