An estimated nine million Americans live with some form of dementia, including many aged 65-and-over. Watching an aging family member battle dementia can be emotional and even heartbreaking. As their cognitive decline continues behaviors like forgetfulness, confusion and wandering off are common. As a family caregiver, ensuring that your loved one maintains their quality-of-life starts with learning more about the behaviors involved with dementia and how you can help. Using these caregiving tips should make the process a more rewarding one.
What is Dementia?
Dementia describes a group of symptoms that affect memory, social skills and cognitive abilities in ways that interfere with a person’s daily activities. Dementia isn’t one specific disease, but it can be caused by several different diseases.
For example, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia in older adults. And even though memory loss is typically caused by dementia, memory loss itself can have different causes.
Common Dementia Behaviors
Although they vary by individual, seniors with dementia exhibit one or more of these behaviors: