Understanding Dementia

With over 5 million people diagnosed with some form of dementia it is important to know the facts. 2/3 of the people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are women. 1 in 3 seniors die with the disease.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

What is Alzheimers?

Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain. It is the most common form of dementia.

Know the 10 Signs (Alzheimer’s Association)

Early Detection Matters

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with a time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with word in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

The Ten Absolutes

Alzheimer’s Association

  • Never Argue; instead agree
  • Never reason; instead divert
  • Never shame; instead distract
  • Never lecture; instead reassure
  • Never say remember; instead reminisce
  • Never say “I Told You;” instead repeat
  • Never say “You Can’t;” instead say “Do What You Can”
  • Never command or demand; instead ask or model
  • Never condescend; instead encourage or praise
  • Never force; instead reinforce