Social isolation is an enormous concern for our elderly during the current pandemic. The process of keeping our most vulnerable population from being exposed to COVID-19 must include a degree of separation from the general population and other measures to reduce transmission. However, this process alone comes with an additional set of risks not associated with infection.
Most assisted living facilities have taken measures to keep residents safe during COVID-19 by strictly limiting or not allowing visitors. While these precautions do ensure a much greater level of safety for residents, long-term isolation and quarantine can lead to unwanted side effects, such as mental stress, loneliness, and depression.
Studies suggest that 50 – 80% of people with Parkinson’s disease may end up with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD). Here is how you can help.
When a person with dementia hallucinates, they experience something very real to them that nobody else does, because they sense something that isn’t there.
If you are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior remember that it is not about you and the person with dementia is not behaving as they are on purpose.
Inappropriate sexual behavior is disturbing, but it may feel like a much greater challenge when your loved one or the one you care for with dementia acts in ways that are new or different for them.
Let’s look at the various types of dementia that are currently not reversible, starting with the most common, Alzheimer’s disease.
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, there are lifestyle enhancements that may slow down the progression of...