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Senior Wellness: Dealing with dementia

Dementia is a debilitating condition that affects about one person out of ten over the age of 65.

When we get older, many people begin to worry about the "D word", but dementia isn't actually a normal part of aging. While it is common, it isn't something that everyone will experience for themselves. It's a debilitating condition that affects about one person out of ten over the age of 65. When you reach the age of 85 it gets even more common.

Alzheimer's Disease is the most frequent type of dementia, but there are hundreds of other types, and each type affects the brain in a unique way.

It is important not to focus on the negative aspects of dementia. Putting too much emphasis on that outlook can cause the person afflicted to become vulnerable to depression and loneliness. Living with dementia is possible, and doesn't have to be completely life-changing. A person with dementia is still able to learn new things, it just takes repetition and consistency, and it is important for someone with dementia to socialize. Simply choose a quieter setting without too many visual distractions.

Loving someone with dementia takes patience, but given the proper cues, they will be able to remember certain things, and can make decisions for themselves.

if you or a loved one are struggling, Porter Hills can help you.

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