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Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia

Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia

  What’s important to you? Most people will say family and friends, their health and their security top the list.  Of course, there are many other aspects of life that hold a special place in that category, such as education, ambition to be financially successful or enjoying the pleasures that life offers like travelling or finding the best restaurants. Imagine feeling all of the knowledge you’ve learned, all the memories and faces, how to eat (or even being hungry,) all the words that used to leave your lips so easily, slip into a stubborn darkness that no fire could illuminate for you because your brain is slowly breaking down due to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Imagine being unable to walk because your brain can’t tell your legs and feet to move. It’s a feeling of helplessness that you may not even be able to feel any longer, but the people in your life must witness this and try their best to help you through your daily tasks such as bathing, eating and getting dressed. The first thing to acknowledge is that it’s no one’s fault that this is happening. There are many explanations for how someone is affected by it, and your doctor can help you understand the causes for your specific case, which is why it’s important to communicate with your medical professional team regularly. The emotional toll of these changes can manifest itself in a dementia patient as anger, violent behaviour or despondency. Without the resources or support to help families understand what’s happening and how to manage these behavioural changes, there is a...
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