What is Dementia
There are several common dementia-associated behaviors which require special handling for your loved one’s comfort and well being, beyond the support of essential activities of daily living.
People with dementia wander around. They might be bored, have medication issues or be looking for “something” or someone. They might be trying to fulfill a physical need—thirst, hunger, a need to use the toilet or exercise.
Irritability, sleeplessness, and/or verbally or physically aggressive behaviors: often these types of behavior progress with the stages of dementia, from mild to more severe.
Restlessness, agitation, disorientation and other troubling behaviors in people with dementia often get worse at the end of the day and sometimes continue throughout the night. Experts believe this behavior, commonly called sundowning, is caused by a combination of factors.
People with dementia literally begin to forget that they need to eat and drink. The consequences of poor nutrition are extensive.
Brain disease causes the vast majority of dementia cases. The damage from these diseases results in the destruction of brain cells integral to language, reasoning, memory, and emotion, and produces the symptoms of dementia, which vary greatly. At least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
- 22 Jul 2014
- Elder Care