There is an increase in awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in the last few years. Despite that though, there is still a certain stigma to the concept of Alzheimer’s disease that still lingers. Below are a few tips to help you minimize the stigma and shame sometimes associated with a loved one with dementia.
Tip #1 – Understand And Rely On Facts
Misconceptions about dementia are widespread, with the first and biggest misconception being that when a person is identified with dementia they lose all of their independence and decision-making skills right away. Most people do not completely understand how dementia works or its stages and symptoms.
In truth, the symptoms can vary considerably. It is a fact, however, that some 30 to 40 percent of the elderly who visit an emergency room have some kind of cognitive impairment, but are not identified as having dementia.
See The Dementia Sufferer As A Human Being
Put a face on the disease and think that the person suffering from dementia is just that: a living, breathing person with feelings and emotions. Innovative treatments are being used to allow those who suffer from dementia to live in dignity and with the best quality of life possible.
The individual who gets dementia wants to be viewed as a whole person: one with needs and emotions. Yes, it is true the senior with dementia is going through difficult changes, and may have trouble meeting his or her own needs, but that person still wants to be treated as if nothing has changed.
Place a Priority on Socialization
In some elderly communities, the only interaction the elderly with dementia have oftentimes been when in the dining area for meals or when it is time to receive medication. It is at this time they get interaction for staff and others present. In fact, it is far better if the elderly get plenty of socialization. We are social creatures by nature, and a person with dementia is no different.
Getting More Help
For more information on the positive benefits of socialization in people with Alzheimer’s disease, you can read our blog at www.carltonseniorliving.com or find out what housing options might be available. Remember that Alzheimer’s disease is a serious issue, but we should always rely on the facts rather than just assume that everyone understands it the same way that we do.