Coping With Dementia For Caregivers
By Alex Mayor
Dementia is defined by a cognitive impairment on several aspects of brain functioning. This leads to problems like memory loss, speech impairment, apraxia, behavioural problems and several more symptoms. Caregivers frequently have problems with providing care for their loved ones with dementia. They find it hard to cope with the sudden change in behaviour someone is showing and find it hard to differentiate between what is related to the illness and what is to personality. Problems with understanding often lead to confusion, irritation and anger towards the person with dementia. Why is he doing everything wrong, or why isn't he listening to me as i told him the same thing twice or even more. Even professionals often lack the insides to handle these situations well and this is because of the fact that you can't see that someone is sick. It is exactly the same person as before the disease but suddenly he doesn't understand the things we loved to do, he is not listening to what i am telling them and he isn't watching television with me anymore. So why is it the demented show this behaviour? Dementia is a very complex syndrome. It leads to heavy memory loss first on the short term memory and after that also long term memory. They first forget the little things like 'where did i put my keys or my wallet', after that they start to forget names of persons they met or things they did a few weeks ago. This will get worse until they even can not remember there own family any more. Impairment of time and place is another frequently seen symptom. They have problems saying what day it is or what time of the day it is. Often they don't recognise places anymore or get lost in places they knew well. Among the symptoms of dementia, behavioural problems are probably the hardest to cope with. Demented can be overly aggressive without reason or show explicit sexual behaviour which is very hard to cope with. People feel ashamed when their loves ones are talking about things they normally wouldn't talk about or when they say things to loud in a restaurant for instance. Coping with dementia starts by understanding that the behaviour they are showing is a part of their disease. Remember the person you loved as he was and consider his new flaws as a cause of dementia. Alex mayor is a psychologist and he works on a psycho-geriatric department. If you want to read more about Coping with dementia or symptoms of dementia, please visit my websites.