Dementia is a very broad term simply meaning memory loss. An incident, such as an injury or stroke can affect memory. A disease such as Alzheimer’s can cause significant changes in the brain. When a person is experiencing memory loss changes in behaviors, personality and making decisions will occur. Initially the changes may be small and uneventful, but they will worsen. The danger is that we are unable to know when a significant change will happen, making someone with dementia extremely vulnerable.
A person with dementia struggles with every responsibility. Imagine trying to walk on a broken leg without support. Yet, often we expect those with dementia to” walk” through their day without support. The result is inability to manage daily responsibilities such as taking medication properly, eating well, caring for their body, and interacting safely with strangers. At Windemere Park of Oakland trained professionals can help a person struggling with this disease to live a healthy, comfortable enriching life.