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Dementia Care in Lenexa Kansas

Dementia literally means “deprived of mind”. It is a serious cognitive disorder. It could be non progressive, as the result of a brain injury or progressive, resulting in long-term decline in cognitive function due to damage in the body beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Although dementia is far more common in the elderly population, it may occur at any age. Dementia makes it hard for people to remember, learn and communicate. These changes eventually make it hard for people who have dementia to care for themselves. Dementia may also cause changes in mood and personality. Early on, lapses in memory and clear thinking may bother the person with dementia. Later, disruptive behavior and other problems can create a burden for caregivers and other family members.

Eventually, it not only affects the memory and other cognitive functions, but also motor skills such as the ability to walk. The symptoms of dementia are very individual and can vary from one day to the next, and sometimes even from one moment to the next. Well, the (slightly) good news is that some causes of dementia can be treated. However, once brain cells have been destroyed, they cannot be replaced. Treatment may slow or stop the loss of more brain cells. When the cause of dementia can’t be treated, the focus of care is on helping the person with his or her daily activities and reducing upsetting symptoms. Some medicines can help people who have dementia.

Even if your loved one has the incurable dementia, there is a lot that you can do to slow down the process and help. As far as health concerns go, apart from what the doctor can do, you could help them remain as fit and healthy as possible – both physically and mentally. The better they feel, the more they can enjoy life, making life more pleasurable for both of you. Physical exercises are an absolute must. Whoever said “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body” knew what he was talking about. So include them in your fitness regime (and if don’t have one then develop it.). For mental well-being you could help them with simple quizzes, math problems, sudoku etc. It is advisable to ask them to, lets say, total the bills. It will help them use their minds and also make them fell important and loved.

Also dementia can greatly affect a person’s relationship to food and eating. It is important to do what you can to make sure that the person you are caring for enjoys their food and eats a healthy, balanced diet.

Dementia care in Leawood, Kansas, like any other disease, will give you issues and quagmires. Overcoming them will probably take up your entire stock of patience and then some. And it is important to self assess whether residential care better suits your needs or professional care. Good luck!

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Sumit Gurg provides information about Assisted Living and Dementia care in Leawood Kansas.

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