If you’re caring for a loved one who is suffering from dementia, you know that it’s vital to create a safe, comfortable, and caring environment for him or her. Fortunately, if you reside in Rochester, MN, or the surrounding community, Comfort Health is standing by to help you do this. Whether you’re living in your own house or at an assisted-living facility, Comfort Health’s compassionate home health aides, registered nurses, and therapists are available to help you and your family.
As the U.S. population continues to age, more and more families are dealing with dementia, which involves a loss of thinking capacity, memory, and reasoning skills to such an extent that it seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. At least 25% of caregivers for adults over age 50 are looking after someone with cognitive impairment or dementia, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Dementia is not actually a disease, but a collection of symptoms that can be caused by various diseases. The leading cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, this terrible disease is responsible for anywhere from 60% to 80% of all dementia cases. Dementia can also be caused by brain damage incurred from an injury or stroke, and from other diseases such as Huntington’s or Lewy body dementia.
Of course, it’s common as we age to become more forgetful, but that doesn’t necessarily signal that a person has dementia. For a dementia diagnosis to be made, a person must have at least two different types of impairment that are significant enough to interfere with everyday life. In addition to difficulty with memory, sufferers may also experience varying degrees of impairment with language, communication, focus, and reasoning.
Here are some dementia symptoms to watch for:
- Difficulty finding the right words or following storylines
- Listlessness or apathy
- Struggling to adapt to change
- A failing sense of direction
- Difficulty with normal tasks
- Being repetitive
- Mood changes
If you or a loved one is suffering from dementia and needs assistance, please know that qualified and kind home health care is only a phone call away. For more information, contact Comfort Health today at 800-204-2332 or visit www.comforthealth.org. We provide high-quality home health care, skilled nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy in the Rochester, MN, area.