La demencia con cuerpos de Lewy (DCL) es una enfermedad o síndrome degenerativo y progresivo del cerebro. Comparte algunos síntomas con otras varias enfermedades y a veces se superpone con éstas sobre todo con dos enfermedades comunes entre los ancianos: el Alzheimer y el Parkinson.
El síndrome de Wernicke-Korsakoff (SWK) es una enfermedad neurológica. La encefalopatía de Wernicke y la psicosis de Korsakoff son, respectivamente, la fase aguda y la fase crónica de esta misma enfermedad.
Sometimes called assistive devices, independent living aids, and adaptive equipment, assistive technology (AT) can help your loved one live more independently. It may also make your job as a caregiver easier and more enjoyable.
On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important—and one of the most often forgotten—things you can do as a caregiver. When your needs are taken care of, the person you care for will benefit, too.
Most older persons with long-term care needs—65%—rely exclusively on family and friends to provide assistance.1 Another 30% will supplement family care with assistance from paid providers.2 Care provided by family and friends can determine whether older persons can remain at home. In fact, 50% of the elderly who have a long-term care need but no family available to care for them are in nursing homes, while only 7% who have a family caregiver are in institutional settings.3
My husband and I have been caring for my 92 year old mother for over five years. It has taken me almost that long to even admit and verbalize that my mother has dementia. I always would just say that she was forgetful and then as time went on I added the word confused.