On this episode of All Home Care Matters we are going to talk about the warning signs of dementia. A lot of times when we are talking with families or get emails about dementia we often times will hear something like “My mom didn’t have dementia, she had Alzheimer’s.” This is fairly common, and quite often families don’t realize that Alzheimer’s is part of dementia and falls under the dementia umbrella. This is because Alzheimers and other forms of dementia fall under the dementia umbrella and the reason families don’t realize this is because Alzheimer’s happens to be by far the most common form of dementia, but there are several others. Let’s take a moment and talk about the dementia umbrella and the various forms and types of dementia that there are:
First, as we mentioned is Alzheimer’s which accounts for between 50-70%
Then, vascular which accounts for the second most at 20-30%
Next is Lewy body at 10-25%
And finally, frontotemporal which is the least common at 10-15%
We will be doing shows on these forms of dementia but for today we wanted to give you an idea of what it means when someone says dementia and how it could be anyone of those forms, but typically they are referring to Alzheimer’s (but not always) and we wanted to show the variation in the commonalities of each of the forms of dementia.
Today, we are going to discuss the warning signs of dementia. This can sometimes be very difficult to identify right away, as it typically (but not always) starts out slowly and gradually becomes more progressive. A good friend of ours here at all home care matters that has partnered with us and enriched life home care for years works with us to host, facilitate a Dementia Ministry Series that we along with her provide to professionals as well as the community to help better educate them in this horrible disease as well as help them to be better caregivers for their loved ones.