Research into the prevention and treatment of dementia is advancing. Current studies are investigating vaccines, genetic interventions, and medications to stave off dementia. Their scientific discoveries bring hope to thousands of families dealing with Dementia around the nation.
To learn more about the fight, The Alzheimer’s Project.
Here are a few helpful tools:
- Get Your Support Group Ready. As you deal with the symptoms of dementia, make sure you get the emotional support you need. Turn to close family members and friends, join a dementia support group, or talk to a therapist, counselor, or clergyman.
- Don’t Put Off the Important Decisions. Avoid future medical, financial, and legal confusion by communicating your wishes and creating a plan. Designate a Power of Attorney for money and legal matters. Discuss and document treatment and end-of-life preferences with your doctors and family members. Create a Living Will and appoint someone you trust to make decisions for you in case you can no longer make them for yourself. Although these conversations may be difficult, making your wishes known is empowering.
- Watch for Changes in Medications. Depression, sleep disturbances, and medication interactions can make the symptoms of dementia worse and limit independence. Treating them may require some experimentation with lifestyle changes and medication, but can be well worth the effort.
- Stay Positive. When you sense the mind is half-gone, try to see it as half-present. With appropriate support and understanding, people with dementia are capable of experiencing and providing enjoyment and connection – even through the final stages of the disease.
Resource – (http://helpguide.org/)