Taking time off from care giving responsibilities may seem like an unfathomable task. There is so much organisation, logistics and planning to do, and not forgetting that you need to deal with – the guilt.
One of the inevitabilities of a disease such as Parkinson’s is that it is a progressive disease - where daily difficulties steadily become more challenging over time. The greatest challenge of all, is learning to adapt to these changes.
As South Africa transitions into spring and summer, the warm weather awaits and poses a great risk for the elderly.
If someone you know or care for has been suffering from some form of mental disorder or illness for quite some time, it will be common knowledge that they more-often-than-not experience trouble with their sleeping pattern.
Ranging from new ways to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s to the testing of new dementia medications, new light has been shed on a growing understanding and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease. Here are just 5 of the many new findings:
Mid to late-stage dementia presents its fair share of challenges – the most significant of which being behavioural changes and break downs in communication. Late-stage dementia can often be characterised by paranoid, aggressive and occasionally violent behaviour, and can be difficult for family members and carers to understand and control.
As a carer it is highly recommended that you familiarise yourself with some of the most common situations which may present themselves in the daily life of someone with late-stage dementia.
A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is an easily treatable infection known to cause havoc with dementia sufferers causing sudden behavioural changes, rather than the common physical symptoms experienced with a UTI. That’s why understanding how this common infection affects those with dementia is paramount, and even more so, is learning to recognise the signs so that further health complications can be avoided!
A common outcome of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia is their tendency to withdraw from social activities, family and friends over time. Sadly, this can tend to have negative effects on their cognitive function and can actually lead to further impairment.
Looking after elderly parents, especially if they have dementia can be stressful and oftentimes incredibly trying. But there are areas of constant contention that can be avoided with just two life changing conducts. Here they are.
While many people are complaining about the lack of adequate services in South Africa, others are rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it.
Cwengi Myeni is one of those people. She not only cares about the many young children who are orphaned through HIV/AIDS but she cares about their carers too. Many of whom are grandmothers, who instead of resting in their twilight years, are looking after the village children who have no one else to care for them.
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