Samvedna Senior Care Foundation organizes Dementia Support Group (DSG) meetings on a monthly basis. Any caregiver of a Dementia patient can attend this meeting, and it is free of charge. Caregivers are invited to discuss and share their experiences and challenges so that it can help other caregivers.
Individuals with dementia find it easier to live in familiar surroundings. They prefer to eat things and spend their day in the comfort of a familiar environment. Having a routine that is consistent helps them as it reduces uncertainty and confusion.
Diet is an important factor that plays a role in preventing or delaying the onset of Dementia. However with growing age it is not easy to change dietary patterns, and healthy dietary habits are best adapted at a young age.
We recently came across an article on the effects of anesthesia on Alzheimer’s, and how the two of them don’t mix well. You can read the article here – Alzheimer’s and Anesthesia.
We asked our in-house Geriatric Physician Dr Chawla to comment on this. Dr. Satish Chawla MD, FACP, AIIMS, who is a retired Geriatric Physician from the United States Navy. He is an expert in geriatric medicine. Here is what he had to say –
I am working as a Dementia Care Specialist at Samvedna Senior Care. We organize Dementia Support group meetings for caregivers on a monthly basis and invite people from various parts of Delhi-NCR to come discuss, support and share their stories. This meeting is free of charge for dementia care givers.
The main cause of behavioral symptoms in dementia is the deterioration of brain cells which causes decline in the individual’s ability to make sense of the world. Such behavioral symptoms can be wandering, incontinence, agitation, sleeplessness, and many more. Among all the most common is the repetitive or constant questioning.
People with dementia experience many changes, including memory loss, impaired judgment, loss of decision making ability and various other behavioral changes. With the progression of the disease your loved one with dementia will lose the ability to look after the house and after some time, the living environment may become disorganized and cluttered.
Controlling ones bowel and bladder movements is something most of us learn at an early age. Incontinence is the loss of this control. A person with incontinence involuntarily leaks the urine or faeces or sometimes both.
In urinary incontinence, there is a sudden urge to urinate such that the person is not able to control it till he or she reaches the wash room. Faecal incontinence is a less common problem in which people might pass faeces without even realizing.
Support groups are a platform for people going through similar hurdles and concerns in life to get together and share. Their purpose is multifold—exchanging information, sharing experiences and learnings, providing a counsel, lending support and understanding.
Dementia is a chronic disease. This means that current medication and therapies cannot cure it, only control it to a certain degree. For a loved one of a person with dementia, accepting and coping with this realization, isn’t easy. The spouse of the person with dementia is often the primary caregiver. The nature of the disease is such that the dynamics of the relationship change from being romantic to caregiving.