4 Tips to Improve Dementia and Quality of Life


Dementia is a loss of cognitive function that has been present for at least six months. Dementia can be caused by any number of factors including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or Lewy Body Disease. The symptoms are different depending on the type, but they all share some common features such as memory loss and difficulties with reasoning and thinking.

What is Dementia

When the brain is impaired by sickness, Dementia develops as a series of associated symptoms. The symptoms include gradual impairments of memory, thought, and actions that affect the ability to perform daily tasks. Other typical symptoms include emotional disorders, language problems, and diminished enthusiasm. It is not a consciousness disorder because it is not necessarily influenced by consciousness. In this article, we will talk about this disorder.

How to Care for someone with dementia

There are many ways to provide care for someone with dementia, but it is important to note that their needs will change over time. For example, initially they may need help completing daily tasks like dressing themselves or managing finances but eventually they may not be able to do anything without assistance.

Is there a treatment?

Unfortunately there is no cure for dementia so treatment focuses mainly on symptom management and providing emotional support to those living with the.

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Dementia is a weakening of cognitive abilities and, consequently, a deterioration in patients’ daily life functions. These deteriorations cause serious problems in the patient’s self-care, hobbies, professional functionality, and the ability to act independently in daily life. This situation has very challenging consequences both for the patient himself and his relatives.

The incidence of dementia increases with age. Considering that the average age of the world population increases gradually, it’s easy to say that the frequency of it will increase in the future.

What Is The Relationship Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia?

First, both are memory problems that are different in every person.

Also, they are two diseases but combined in one category of ICD-10 GMS customisable to ASHA.

Third, dementia can be caused by either illnesses or developmental disorders to the structure of the brain while Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that destroys neurons and causes memory loss.

Fourth all these cause confusion for behavioral patterns with symptoms to look different from one another depending on the patient so there is no general answer to the question because each person will be different.(1)

Psychosis can occur when an individual has hallucinations due to other physical health conditions which makes it difficult to focus on tasks.

To make the diagnosis of dementia doctor takes a detailed history of the patient and makes mental and neurological examinations. On the other hand, diagnostic tools such as imaging methods (brain MRI, tomography, PET) are preferable.

Antidemantial drug treatment is for life after diagnosis. Apart from the cognitive symptoms mentioned above, emotional (such as anxiety, depression, excessive anger, decrease in emotional reactions), thought (delusions) and behavior (agitation, verbal and physical violence, inappropriate and uncontrolled behavior, continuous behavioral and psychological symptoms (auditory, visual hallucinations). Methods such as behavior regulation, the caregiver’s training, and increasing physical activity can help people who have less severe symptoms. However, if it’s more severe, antipsychotic drugs, antidepressants, and anxiety-relieving drugs are the main treatment option.

Herbal products have been useful frequently in recent years for both dementia and ordinary amnesia. Even though it is thought to be natural and not harmful, the side effects of these herbs should be taken into consideration before consuming them. Daylight therapy, art therapy, music therapy, memory exercises, behavioral and environmental therapies are non-drug treatments.

Bibliography and Further Reading: 

alz.org

Last Updated on September 30, 2021 by Marilyn Walker

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