Dementia Care Services
At Homewatch CareGivers®, our specially trained memory care team knows how to address issues associated with various forms of dementia and will develop a unique care plan that can be altered as the condition progresses. Our teams will be there for your loved one, providing support that can help to preserve executive function, handle difficult symptoms, form companion-like bonds, and more. Get in touch to see how your loved one can benefit from dementia home care!
How Dementia Affects Patients
Affecting about 50 million people worldwide, dementia impacts every aspect of a person’s life and varies by individual, changing as one progresses through different stages of the disease. Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms such as impaired judgment and memory loss that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Over time, the affected person can experience personality and behavioral changes, as well as physical decline, which typically requires the help of an in-home dementia caregiver. Two of the most common causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia (LBD). Other causes of dementia include Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting more than five million Americans. Typically, memory and judgement gradually decline over time due to degenerating and dying brain cells. Unless the individual has other diseases or illnesses, physical deterioration does not usually occur until the disease has significantly progressed and caused impairment in basic function and motor skills necessary to physical health.
Lewy body dementia is another common cause of progressive dementia. Initially, individuals may experience symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, while others may have vivid visual hallucinations. Lewy body dementia may also cause aggressive behavior or depression, tremors, and an increased risk of falling.
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