Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It is an abnormal degeneration of the brain that leads to changes in a person’s ability to think, speak, socialize and take part in normal daily activities. This can affect every area of a senior's life, making specialized and personalized care even more important.
Caregivers of dementia patients must be educated about the condition. All caregivers must be able to plan and look ahead, always preparing for every situation. They must be especially knowledgeable about common symptoms and outcomes of these conditions. Furthermore, for such older adults who are diagnosed with dementia, their caregivers must be actively involved in almost all aspects of their care. This includes connections between medical teams, family and loved ones.
While there is no cure for dementia, and no sure way to avoid it, keeping your brain active may help to delay or lessen the initial effects of dementia and prolong independence. Reading, learning a new skill and staying physically active and socially connected are steps to staying mentally and physically healthy.