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28 Dec 2016

How To Handle A Lack Of Empathy In Dementia Patients

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A person with dementia can experience a series of personality changes. Depending on the type of dementia, these changes include a lack of empathy. This can mean not understanding people’s feelings as well as sharing in those feelings. It is a hallmark in those with behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) but it can also occur in those with younger onset dementia. If you are a caregiver of a parent with dementia, this change can be particularly jarring. It can also put you in embarrassing situations in public when your loved one acts out of character. Moreover, it can cause a lot of tension in relationships — especially in parent-child relationships. However, there are ways to diffuse this situation. How To Handle A Lack Of Empathy In Dementia Patients: To date, there is not a lot of research on how to deal with a lack of empathy in dementia patients. Conversely, there…

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18 Apr 2016

Benefits Of Adult Day Care For Dementia Patients

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Caring for a loved one with dementia can be taxing. Hiring a full-time caregiver or nurse is expensive and not always needed, leaving you to deal with your loved one alone. There is only so much care and stimulation that you can provide. Besides giving you a much needed break, adult day care centres offer many benefits for dementia patients. Adult day care centres allow dementia patients to experience a wide variety of services such as: Counselling: For someone with dementia, they may not know what they’re going through and how it is affecting their day-to-day life. Many adult day care facilities provide counselling services for dementia patients and their families. Some centres also have psychologists on-call that specialize in treating people with dementia. Nutrition: Your loved one may have special nutrition guidelines that need to be met. Most adult day cares will accommodate all dietary requests and provide nutritious…

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5 Feb 2016

3 Tips To Handle A Dementia Patient

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Dementia has wide-reaching impacts on the health of individuals and the emotional wellbeing of their loved ones. Caring for a dementia patient requires special considerations related to their thoughts, emotions, and personal care. Helping a person with dementia navigate their confusion and defusing their feelings of anger makes it easier for the patient and caretaker. The following are 3 tips to help you handle a dementia patient. Minimize Confusion Dementia patients experience confusion over time. Caretakers must find ways to help guide them without creating further confusion or other issues. If a patient seems confused, it’s important to offer simple instructions and explanations to help provide clarity. Physical reminders such as photographs or familiar items can help patients feel less confused. Confusion can occur when the patient is moved from one location to another. Help guide the patient during any relocations to make it easier for them. It’s also helpful…

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