Living with Dementia

Alzheimer’s…Dementia…Those words bring dread and fear to many. It is a devastating diagnosis, first to the one who is diagnosed and then to the caregiver facing a long-term commitment.  The difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is that AD begins at an early age (50’s) while Dementia typically occurs in the elderly. AD actually is just one of many diseases that can cause dementia.  Following are some tips for dealing with someone with dementia.  Turn off the TV or radio when talking to them.  Keep what you are telling them short and simple but not child-like.  Be patient, they cannot help how they respond but you can!  Give extra time for them to formulate their answers. Do not interrupt. If they cannot think of the right word for what they want – ask them to point to it.  These are just a few tips for daily living with AD.  Write or call for more information on dealing with dementia.

Galatians 6:9,  "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."