When You Need Dementia Care For Your Loved One in Dallas
Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a general term that refers to a decline is cognitive ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life needing constant help from family or caregivers. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease which accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. The second most common type of dementia is Vascular Dementia which can occur after a stroke. Often the term “senility” or “senile dementia” is used as a catch all term to incorrectly define dementia as a serious mental decline that is just a part of aging which is not true. Lear Senior Care can provide you with experienced dementia care for your parent or loved one in Dallas as they deal with dementia.
It is important to get a clear diagnosis of the type of dementia and the proper dementia care for your loved one. If incorrectly treated symptoms can become worse. As an example, one of our Dallas clients with Lear Senior Care Services was taking two prescription medications for Alzheimer’s Disease. He was very agitated and didn’t sleep well. A health event took him to the hospital shortly after we began service with him. It turned out that his dementia was due to congestive heart failure. He was taken off the Alzheimer’s medication and received medication for CHF. His moods and ability to sleep and cope greatly improved.
5 Mental Functions Needed in Daily Living For Seniors
There are five mental functions and at least two of those functions must be impaired to indicate dementia. Those functions are:
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgement
- Visual perception
The Alzheimer’s Association has developed a list of ten warning signs that might be an indication of Alzheimer’s Disease:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgement.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
Lear Senior Care Services has been privileged to be part of the care of many of our clients with dementia related illnesses. It is a combined effort with family, physicians, friends, spiritual guidance and professional help to ensure that clients with dementia live full and meaningful lives. While it can be challenging, the rewards are great. Please call Lear Senior Care Services at 214-363-1001 and make an appointment for a complimentary visit to see how we might be of service to you and your loved one.