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Are you a family dealing with Dementia?

Many Canadian families are taking on a new role as caregivers to their partners or parents who have developed dementia.  In fact, the prevalence of dementia more than doubles every 5 years for Canadians age 65 and older, from less than 1% for those age 65 to 69 to about 25% for those 85 and older. Dementia is more prevalent among women than men, and the gap increases with age.

Dementia shows up most often as memory loss, but will eventually lead to some form of long term care. Those with Dementia will experience daily living changes as the syndrome progresses. There is no treatment currently available; however there are products available to assist both the person affected with dementia and  the caregivers looking after them. At BIOS Medical we have taken the time to research specific items that we feel will help with the transitional stages of Dementia.

 Early Stage:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Short term memory
  • Losing track of time
  • Getting lost in familiar places
  • Confused
  • Asking the same question over and over again

Middle Stage:

  • Trouble communicating
  • Falling more often
  • Needs assistance with person care routines
  • Wanders and becomes lost more frequently
  • Inability to understand sarcasm. Takes things literally

Problems coping. Feeling as though they are losing control of their life

Late Stage:

  • Forgetting peoples names faces and important dates
  • Can no longer perform simple tasks
  • Difficulty walking
  • Needs 24/7 care
  • Loss of interest in life
  • Mood swings
  • Very confused at times
 

Dementia is not a something people like to think about or even talk about, however it is a condition that people can get tested for if they start experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. If you or you loved one is worried they might have early on-set dementia they should speak to their doctor.

Source:

  1. https://www.cihi.ca/en/dementia-in-canada/dementia-in-canada-summary

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