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Understanding Dementia & Alzheimer's

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Published on August 14, 2008

Author: healthlibrary

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"Understanding Dementia & Alzheimer's- Why they need your help..." : "Understanding Dementia & Alzheimer's- Why they need your help..." Awareness cartoon series by Ravi Samuel Dedicated to the Family members and Caregivers By Silver Inning Foundation www.silverinnings.com Mrs Usha aged 65 years is a retired schoolteacher, she lives with her husband, son, daughter in law and two grand children. : Silver Inning Foundation Mrs Usha aged 65 years is a retired schoolteacher, she lives with her husband, son, daughter in law and two grand children. Usha has been keeping herself occupied with housekeeping and teaching grand children. : Silver Inning Foundation Usha has been keeping herself occupied with housekeeping and teaching grand children. Every Saturday Usha visits the temple with the family. : Silver Inning Foundation Every Saturday Usha visits the temple with the family. Around the year 2000 gradually the children started finding their grandma’s teaching quite confusing! Earlier She used to make the subjects interesting. : Silver Inning Foundation Around the year 2000 gradually the children started finding their grandma’s teaching quite confusing! Earlier She used to make the subjects interesting. While visiting the temple the family members found that Usha was unable to focus on worship and instead was going around aimlessly. : Silver Inning Foundation While visiting the temple the family members found that Usha was unable to focus on worship and instead was going around aimlessly. Usha was forgetting the safety procedures while cooking and ended up with little accidents. : Silver Inning Foundation Usha was forgetting the safety procedures while cooking and ended up with little accidents. Usha is known for her patience but now even for trivial matters was getting very irritated and angry. : Silver Inning Foundation Usha is known for her patience but now even for trivial matters was getting very irritated and angry. Over the last six months she was unable to sleep well in the night . : Silver Inning Foundation Over the last six months she was unable to sleep well in the night . By 2001 her shopping ability got affected and was unable to shop vegetables for her house. : Silver Inning Foundation By 2001 her shopping ability got affected and was unable to shop vegetables for her house. She started wondering about the use of objects, which she used to use before. : Silver Inning Foundation She started wondering about the use of objects, which she used to use before. Suddenly she gets very angry and it was difficult to calm her down. : Silver Inning Foundation Suddenly she gets very angry and it was difficult to calm her down. She refused to be away from the carer during night time while sleeping : Silver Inning Foundation She refused to be away from the carer during night time while sleeping The family suspecting that the changes are not part of ageing takes her to a doctor. : Silver Inning Foundation The family suspecting that the changes are not part of ageing takes her to a doctor. The doctor examines her thoroughly and finds it that she has dementia. The doctor explains to the family about dementia and how she has to be taken care. : Silver Inning Foundation The doctor examines her thoroughly and finds it that she has dementia. The doctor explains to the family about dementia and how she has to be taken care. In 2003 as the illness progressed even dressing became a problem. : Silver Inning Foundation In 2003 as the illness progressed even dressing became a problem. To educate the family regarding care giving a health worker visits their residence and gives them advice. The health worker explains that due to the illness she has lost the ability to dress, hence someone has to help her to get dressed. : Silver Inning Foundation To educate the family regarding care giving a health worker visits their residence and gives them advice. The health worker explains that due to the illness she has lost the ability to dress, hence someone has to help her to get dressed. Daughter in law helps Usha to get dressed up : Silver Inning Foundation Daughter in law helps Usha to get dressed up Oh she is playing with the food instead of eating it! : Silver Inning Foundation Oh she is playing with the food instead of eating it! When they seek the help of the nurse she explains that due to the illness she has lost the ability to eat, hence someone has to feed. : Silver Inning Foundation When they seek the help of the nurse she explains that due to the illness she has lost the ability to eat, hence someone has to feed. Usha’s son and husband take the responsibility of feeding. : Silver Inning Foundation Usha’s son and husband take the responsibility of feeding. As dementia is a chronic illness the family members have to provide care for many years. : Silver Inning Foundation As dementia is a chronic illness the family members have to provide care for many years. Whenever there is a conflict it is best to sit together and resolve them instead of allowing it to grow and affect the carers emotionally. : Silver Inning Foundation Whenever there is a conflict it is best to sit together and resolve them instead of allowing it to grow and affect the carers emotionally. Oh instead of taking bath why is she pouring all the water? : Silver Inning Foundation Oh instead of taking bath why is she pouring all the water? When they seek the help of the health worker she explains that due to the illness she has lost the ability to bath and hence someone has to help her to bath. : Silver Inning Foundation When they seek the help of the health worker she explains that due to the illness she has lost the ability to bath and hence someone has to help her to bath. If a single person in the family does all the work for the patient then the person is likely to experience emotional exhaustion. : Silver Inning Foundation If a single person in the family does all the work for the patient then the person is likely to experience emotional exhaustion. Always share the responsibilities and activities of care giving. : Silver Inning Foundation Always share the responsibilities and activities of care giving. What you should do : Silver Inning Foundation What you should do Contact the nearest Doctor Go for Memory Check Up Contact National Helpline ARDSI - 098461 98473 / 098461 98471/ 098461 98786  Contact ARDSI ,Mumbai- 23742479 Contact Dignity Foundation - 23898078 Contact Silver Inning Foundation www.silverinnings.com Join support group There is no cure or treatment for Dementia, but there are Drugs and Therapies to stabilize the person Love ,Care and Respect the person who suffers from Dementia Thanks for your support : Silver Inning Foundation Thanks for your support

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