A report published by the global voice on dementia showed that there was approximately 46.8 million people who had dementia in year 2015. The number is expected to hit 75 million by the year 2030 and most of these people will be in developing countries says the same report.
According to Wikipedia, dementia is not actually a disease. It is an overall condition that is brought about by other conditions such as Alzheimer’s, old age and memory loss where an individual shows signs of memory loss. It also affects a person’s thinking skills so much that they are not able to carry on with their daily activities. Dementia is mostly common in people above the age of 65 years though it has also been found in people in their 50s. This does not mean that dementia is a must condition for the aged. No, there are people who go past 65 and beyond without it.
Symptoms of dementia include
- Emotional problems
- Difficulty with language
- Decrease in motivation
- Elated mood
- Abnormal motor behavior
Having talked of these statistics and facts, it is now good that we look at how to take care of people with dementia because we might end up having it ourselves or have relatives who are living with it and they will need our care.
- Love and understanding
Patients with dementia do not know that they have a problem. They actually feel that you are probing into their privacy whenever you ask them questions or tend to supervise them. The truth is that they want to be as free as the birds of the air. But you and know that would never be good for both them and us.
Despite all that, you need to show them love and understanding. After all the person is a senior who deserves your respect. They might actually be your parent, guardian or teacher and as such you need to love them, treat them with respect and understand that they are not doing everything they are because they want—sometimes back they were very normal.
- Good food
Like all other patients, you need to give them good food that will keep them healthy and strong. You could ask their doctor on the best meals for them, what to avoid and what to include.
- Safety at night
“My dad went from being Mr. Nice Guy to Mr. Obsessed. And things were always worse at night. He was energized and I was physically exhausted,” said Robert Matsuda to Webmd when he was asked about his dad who was suffering from the condition.
During sleep, you will note that the person wants to keep away from bed rails. However, if you keep them in a bed without these safety bed rails, they are highly likely to fall in their sleep. The bed rails for seniors also keep them from wandering.
- Motion sensors
People living with this condition have been found to love wandering without any supervision. They always want to be run away from your radar. And you should not hate them for that because they do not do it knowingly. They are doing so as a result of the mental problem.
To avoid such movements, you can install motion sensors in their houses so that you are alerted anytime they make a move. With such gadgets, you will always know when they are wandering since the alert system will warn you so that you can be quick to do the necessary.