When we care for geriatric clients, we frequently experience family members telling us that their loved ones may need dementia care management.
And with our training and expertise, over the years, we have come to specialize in caring for those clients who exhibit dementia signs and symptoms.
Dementia is the name for a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long term loss of the ability to think and reason clearly. This is so severe that it affects a person’s daily functioning. When a person changes dramatically from how they were previously, sometimes they are diagnosed with this dementia disease.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, but there are many other forms of dementia.
Unfortunately, not many of these types are treatable and there is currently no cure available. What is extremely helpful, however, is when we educate and provide emotional support to the caregiver. We have specific programs for just this need.
Dementia is becoming more common:
- Only 3% of people between the ages of 65 to 75 have dementia, but
- 40% of people over the age of 85 have some form of dementia.
Because more people are living longer, dementia is becoming more common and as dementia care managers for the geriatric population, we realize that we need to offer services to those clients with dementia and their family of caregivers. This is one of the things we specialize in doing for dementia care for our clients.