Caring for a loved one with dementia brings fresh challenges. They may start to feel like a different person than the one you grew up with due to the many symptoms associated with the different types of dementia, such as vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mixed dementia, Huntington’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and the most common type of dementia: Alzheimer’s disease.
These symptoms can make your role as a caregiver more difficult, but it’s important to remember that it’s not you, it’s the disease causing these behaviors.
In this blog, we’ll help you understand the symptoms of dementia and their associated behaviors, including:
- Cognitive Decline
- Anxiety & Agitation
- Aggression & Anger
- Dietary issues
- Sleep issues (sundowning)
As a caregiver, you may experience some or all of these, and they may worsen at different stages of the disease. What’s important to note is that by first understanding the symptom, you can begin to reduce or eliminate the triggering event and ease your loved one’s stress. And we want to help in whatever way we can. Contact St. Andrew’s with any questions, concerns, or to look into your options for Memory Care at one of our communities!
Note: This blog is meant to be a guide and not professional medical advice. There are many other medical conditions that can cause dementia-like symptoms, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. It’s crucial to have your loved one evaluated by a healthcare professional or neurologist who is able to diagnose the risk of dementia, provide advice, and prescribe medication, as needed. With proper intervention and treatment, early symptoms can often be reduced or eliminated.