How to Care for Someone Living with Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Memory Loss

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Kelly Scott of Emeritus Senior Living will provide strategies and tips for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or memory loss. She will discuss the symptoms of each condition as well as how they progress. This video will cover the most challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, including how to communicate and validate, how to bathe and handle incontinence, strategies for mealtime, and managing difficult behaviors.

    Kelly Scott: Hello, I am Kelly Scott of Emeritus Senior Living. Today I am going to talk with you about one of the greatest caregiver challenges you may ever face, caring for loved one with Alzheimer's disease, Dementia and Memory Loss. There are several causes of dementia. However, Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia affecting 50 to 80% of all people who suffer from dementia. Alzheimer is a progressive disease where symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild. As the disease progresses, individuals may begin to have problems with their activities of daily living, like getting dressed. They may also get lost; have trouble paying bills and repeat questions. In addition, they might have mood and personality changes and become withdrawn. They may also lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. No two people will experience Alzheimer's or Dementia in the same way, because of this there is no single correct way to provide care. Your responsibilities can range from making financial decisions, to managing behavior changes to helping with dressing. Handling these duties is extremely hard work, but by listening some care giver strategies you can make your job a little easier, while ensuring your loved one feel supported and has the best quality of life possible.