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Dementia Symptoms: Expert Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Today, we share with you our Slideshare presentation about dealing with dementia symptoms such as Sundowners Syndrome and wandering. Our experts have put together the best practical tips for dementia care and pointers for managing common dementia symptoms.

Caregiver tips for dementia from Aging Wisely and EasyLiving

Some of the common dementia symptoms you may encounter over the course of the disease include:

  • Difficulty carrying out day-to-day tasks and self care due to poor memory and inability to manage multiple steps in a task (for example, it becomes difficult to shop, plan and prepare meals)
  • Early dementia symptoms often show up in the form of problems with more complex tasks: financial problems, leaving bills unpaid, being scammed or mismanaging appointments or medications
  • Language difficulties/communication problems
  • Mood swings
  • Fear, which results in anger or lashing out and/or refusing care or activities
  • Withdrawal from socialization or activities
  • Sundowners syndrome, also known as sundowning: late afternoon/evening worsening of dementia symptoms
  • Wandering and restlessness; difficulty focusing on tasks
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Memory issues causing the person to forget whether they have done tasks, thus repeating or ignoring things like personal hygiene or meals

With some basic tips, you will find that dealing with dementia symptoms becomes easier. Dementia caregivers get creative with managing various behaviors and day-to-day challenges, and you may find a support group or caregiver forum to be helpful in sharing ideas and dealing with your feelings. Also, consider the value of respite care from experienced dementia caregivers, so that you can take an occasional break. Another benefit of professional respite care is having a prepared back-up care team that knows your loved one.

If you need help with dementia symptoms, obtaining a diagnosis and good medical/care team and or managing dementia care, call us any time at 727-447-5845. Our comprehensive care management assessment provides vital information about dementia symptoms, resources and a plan of care so you can be prepared.

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