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Life with Dementia, Key things to Remember
It is possible to live a positive and satisfying life even after a diagnosis with dementia. Contrary to what is regularly reported, dementia is not the end of everything. With medication, support, and psychotherapy, you can improve symptoms and live a fulfilling life.
What it means to have dementia
Dementia is a progressive cognitive deterioration that mostly occurs in old age. It is characterized by loss of memory and a decline in a learning capacity, thinking, and language abilities. Symptoms may also be emotional and behavioral, including aggression, anxiety, and wandering.
After a diagnosis of dementia, most people go through immense sadness. Without the right support and engagement, dementia can lead to depression, anxiety, and other issues in both patients and caregivers.
Progression and symptoms
While coping or caring for a loved one with dementia, it is essential to understand its progression and the impact of its unpredictable symptoms. The condition affects each person in unique ways and therefore requires a personalized approach to care and support.
The first stage is the earliest phase of the condition and is accompanied by forgetfulness, losing track of time, and getting lost in familiar places.
As time goes by, the symptoms become clearer. Patients become forgetful of the most recent life events and names of family members. Communication becomes difficult, and patients need assistance with personal care.
In the last stage of the condition, patients are totally dependent on caregivers. The psychological and behavioral impact of the condition may worsen. Patients lose track of time and place and may not recognize friends and relatives.
Living with dementia
In the first stage of the condition, it is possible to live independently at home. But this is the time to lay a foundation for your support system by engaging family and friends. Talk to someone and look after your health with exercise and proper diet
As the illness progresses, you will find it hard to take care of yourself. You will need assistance with house chores and other daily activities. Seek help from family, relatives, or your local social services center.
How psychotherapy can help
Psychotherapy helps patients with dementia understand the condition and the positive ways to live with it. Professional counseling effectively counteracts the emotional, behavioral, and psychological impacts of the condition, including depression and anxiety.
Psychotherapy is the key to maintaining a good quality of life for both dementia patients and caregivers.
Get help where you are
Teletherapy sessions are more advantageous. There is no traveling involved, so patients and caregivers can talk to a professional from the comfort of their home. The session happens via video, text, or chat, and there is no requirement to commit for monthly payment.
Let us help you with the emotional challenges of dementia. Find understanding and coping mechanisms to help you live a satisfying life despite dementia. At ACT Teletherapy, we provide online/mobile sessions personalized to the specific needs of patients and caregivers. Contact us at 833.928.1430 to learn more.
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