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If you have an aging family member, you may be concerned about the possibility of dementia and how it can affect your loved one as well as those closest to them. The term “dementia” encompasses a group of disorders related to loss of memory and impaired judgment. While there are a number of dementia diagnoses, Alzheimer’s is the most common affecting 60-80 percent of dementia patients or about 5.8 million people in the United States. Many of these conditions can progress over time and may require an individual to need lifelong care.

If you’re worried a loved one may be facing dementia, here are ten things to look for:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily tasks
  • Challenges with planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing daily tasks
  • Confusion with place and time
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  • Difficulty with speech and writing
  • Misplacing things
  • Poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work and social activities
  • Changes in mood and personality

Remember, while most of us experience moments of these symptoms (after all, who hasn’t misplaced their car keys at least once?) dementia patients find these symptoms disrupting their life on a regular and consistent basis. For more on dementia and its symptoms, check out the Alzheimer’s Association website.

What to Expect When Caring for Someone With Dementia

When a loved one is diagnosed with a form of dementia, they’re going to need your support, both emotionally and with everyday tasks. As dementia progresses, your loved one may find themselves more often needing assistance with things such as shopping, remembering to take medications, bathing, and other daily responsibilities.

Dementia is often accompanied by emotional, behavioral, and communicative changes. Many people with dementia have mood swings and can deal with depression and anxiety about their diagnosis. This may result in bouts of fear, anger, or panic.

When a diagnosis is made, you should make a plan to help your loved one live safely and with dignity. Whether it is helping your loved one continue to succeed in their day-to-day activities or starting a conversation to consider a long-term care approach, what is important is creating a plan that makes sense. You should strive to develop a course of action that is within your family's means, both financially and emotionally, and be sure to include your loved ones in the decision-making process.

The Chateau as Your Next Step

If you’re considering assisted living for your family member, consider Assisted Living at The Chateau. At The Chateau Terraces, your loved one can continue your independence with personalized assistance and the added security of 24/7 care in a safe environment. Life here includes personalized assistance with daily activities, medication management, and other needs offered by our trained and dedicated staff. Residents can also receive on-site occupational, speech, or other therapies to keep them at their best.

From helping with approaching the conversation to creating and implementing a plan, we are there to help you and your family take the next step. If you are considering assisted living for your family member, schedule a tour and learn more about The Chateau by calling 573-335-1281 or visiting www.chateaugir.com.

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