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Dementia: Is this Dementia and What Does it Mean?


What does it mean when someone is said to have dementia? For some people, the word conjures up scary images of “crazy” behavior and loss of control. In fact, the word dementia describes a group of symptoms that includes short-term memory loss, confusion, the inability to problem-solve, the inability to complete multi-step activities such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook, and, sometimes, personality changes or unusual behavior.

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Who is a Caregiver at the Age of 20? Advice From a Young Caregiver

I was 19 years old when my Mom was diagnosed with Metastatic Small Cell Lung Cancer, which had a low survival rate. I was in my second semester of college so the idea of caregiving was not exactly making sense to me. Who is a caregiver at the age of 20? That’s for older people! However, little did I know it was for people of all ages. There are caregivers that are 16, 15, 17. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would caregive at 20. I am going to be honest and blunt for anyone that is the same age as me and is caregiving their single parent: It is not easy.

Bringing the Technology Revolution to Caregiving

Sep 17, 2015, 10:32 AM, Posted on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health blog, by David Adler


FCA’s annual Claremont Caregiver Respite Retreat: Thank you Richard Essey!

For over 10 years FCA has coordinated a special respite retreat for the agency’s caregiver clients. The retreat is generously sponsored by former caregiver, philanthropist, and chairman of TemPositions, Richard Essey.

Behavior Issues

  • Anxiety and agitation can sometimes be caused by bodily discomfort, such as pain, constipation, hunger or uncomfortable clothes. Try figuring out what might be wrong. Ask your physician to evaluate for medical problems. Medications and lack of sleep can cause behavioral changes.
  • Stay calm, as your anxiety will increase their anxiety.

Bathing (for dementia)

  • People with dementia are often resistant to bathing. They will claim they just showered or that they will do it later or outright refuse to bathe. Unless someone is incontinent, daily bathing is not necessary. Pick your battles—once or twice a week may be sufficient. Coupling bathing with an activity is sometimes helpful, e.g. going to the doctor or out to lunch or a bowl of ice cream.

Todo lo que un cuidador debe saber sobre el dinero (What Every Caregiver Needs to Know About Money)

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What Every Caregiver Needs to Know About Money

Photo credit:
Used under Creative Commons license
conversation . . L1067630 []
Copyright 2008 Susan Sermoneta


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