Memory Loss & Impairment Category Professional

Memory loss impairmentMemory Loss & Impairment – Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, frontal temporal dementia, brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease; these are all diagnosis associated with memory loss. Many individuals with memory loss remain undiagnosed for years; often until the memory loss is so advanced that they are unable to care for themselves. Other individuals with memory loss are cared for by dedicated family members. What are the challenges of caring for an individual with memory loss? What long term preparations are needed? Should individuals with memory loss continue to drive?

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Caregivers wonder about signs that indicate a loved one may have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Is simple forgetfulness an indicator? Is the type of forgetfulness a factor? How complicated is memory loss to diagnose? How might I notice forgetfulness in a loved one? Isn’t becoming forgetful as we age normal?

Memory Loss Screening And DiagnosisIf you had a diagnosis of memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease would you want to know? The answer to this question is controversial among health care providers and consumers. Some believe, why diagnose when there’s nothing that can be done anyway. Others believe that a diagnosis should be made so that treatment, even though not curative, can be accessed.

Controversial Benefits Of Microchip ImplantsIf you had a diagnosis of memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease would you want to know? The answer to this question is controversial among health care providers and consumers. Some believe, why diagnose when there’s nothing that can be done anyway. Others believe that a diagnosis should be made so that treatment, even though not curative, can be accessed.

Missing The Signs Of Alzheimer's DiseaseMany family members are unaware of the early signs of memory loss, cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease because. They assume whatever they are seeing relative to memory loss is a normal process related to aging. And physicians, in the fifteen minutes they see a patient, look for signs of chronic illness — not signs that memory loss is creating issues with daily activities or safety.

The up and down emotional rollercoasterParkinson’s disease is a health diagnosis within the family of dementias that also includes Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia and fronto-temporal dementia. The main difference between Parkinson’s disease and the other dementias is that the disease presents first as a movement disorder and second as a cognitive disorder.

The up and down emotional rollercoasterThe relationship between alcohol and a diagnosis of dementia remains somewhat a conundrum. While research has been ongoing, there remains a gap in conclusive data reporting that long term excessive alcohol use alone results in dementia. Long term excessive alcohol use has been proven to result in cardiac disorders, strokes, nutritional deficits, liver, and digestive diseases.

Impact of Dementia on the caregiver“If only someone else could walk in my shoes and experience what it takes to care for a loved one with dementia. Sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy.”

Trying to maintain a normal life is relative when one cares for a person with dementia. “Normal” in dementia may seem to others like living in a state of altered reality. Behaviors resulting from dementia that include paranoia, repetitive actions and statements, aggression, and total disbelief that anything is wrong are challenging and one of the more common causes of stress for caregivers.

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How Are Your Skills?Not all professional caregivers have the skills to properly care for individuals with memory loss. Do you have the attitude, skills and abilities to succeed?

Caring For Difficult ClientsClient care situations typically involve various medical and non-medical providers (hereafter referred to as care partners), family caregivers or a responsible legal party who may be a power of attorney, guardian or conservator. In many cases, care partners work independently to set their own goals for the care of the client without communicating with family caregivers or the responsible legal party. When care situations are complex, heightened sensitivity to professional conduct and personal ethics supports teamwork and problem resolution by care partners. Professionalism is especially relevant in serving care recipients diagnosed with dementia, a brain injury or other cognitive disorder who may appear capable to make their own decisions but who have a responsible legal party acting in the role of decision maker.

Alzheimer’s DiseaseHow might music transform the daily life of your loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia? How many times do you hear a song that takes you back to an earlier time or memory of an enjoyable event?  Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have a similar experience when hearing a song that taps emotional recall of a feeling or an event.

Dementia and Delirium

DSD is a term describing delirium superimposed on dementia. This condition most commonly occurs when a person with dementia experiences a hospitalization or a significant change in medical condition like a diagnosis of pneumonia or a urinary tract infection. Professionals working in the care industry and family members of loved ones with dementia notice signs of increased confusion, agitation, aggression, irritability, and physical decline. In these situations, this perceived overnight change occurs suddenly and rapidly. One day the person was doing well and the next day the change is so significant that there is concern the person will be unable to function at the prior level, will require a significant increase in daily care, or may not recover at all.

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