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Caregiver Blog: October 2012


Caring for a Recently Diagnosed Loved One with Dementia 

Sunday, October 28, 2012  by jhblogger

hen your loved one is recently diagnosed with Dementia, so many questions circle around. What is dementia? What do I do to care for them? How can I help them? One of the best ways to care for your loved one is to better understand their disease. This allows the caregiver to focus their care for that person in their daily activities.

The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. The cause of dementia is due to physical changes in the brain. There are many different types of dementia. The most common is Alzheimer’s Disease, which accounts for approximately 60-80% of all cases. Other forms of Dementia include:
• Vascular Dementia, caused by decreased oxygen to the brain or a stroke
• Lewy Body
• Mixed Dementia
• Parkinson’s disease
• Frontotemporal dementia
• Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
• Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
• Huntington’s Disease
• Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

By understanding the type of Dementia, one can better care for their loved one. For more information about the different types of Dementia, please visit http://www.alz.org/dementia/types-of-dementia.asp. Jerome Home and Arbor Rose can offer more information on caring for a loved one, please call the Senior Resource Coordinator at 860-229-3707.

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