Accomodating the elderly

Someone close to me has dementia, so its something I take very seriously.

Today I wanted to share some tips with others who may be getting used to living with someone who has this brain-affecting disorder.

Dementia is not a specific disease rather, it is a general term that describes symptoms caused by several brain-affecting disorders. Dementia is common in aged citizens. 

People with dementia experience impaired intellectual functioning that prevents normal activities and relationships, and they lose problem-solving abilities and have trouble controlling their emotions. 

Aged citizens with dementia may experience personality changes, changes to how they interact with surroundings, and behavior problems such as delusions, hallucinations, and agitation.

Memory loss is common in seniors with dementia, but it does not define dementia. A person can receive a diagnosis of dementia only if two or more areas - for example, language and memory skills - have been negatively affected while the person maintains consciousness. 

Symptoms of dementia can be caused by diseases such as Lewy body dementia, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and frontotemporal dementia.

They can also start from metabolic problems and endocrine abnormalities, reactions to medications, poisoning, nutritional deficiencies, or hypoxia (in which the brain receives too little oxygen or none at all), infections, heart and lung problems and brain tumors. Though dementia is common in aged citizens, it is not a normal part of aging.

Many of us are finding that we are caring for our valued ones suffering from Dementia in the family. Whether it is straight or circuitous, Dementia affects so many of us and there are products obtainable that can make the situation a bit easier.

For patients with memory issues caused by Dementia, even the humblest of tasks can become an offensive and distressing experience. Simple things like getting dressed in the morning becomes terrible for some patients. Dementia furniture has been designed for patients with memory loss. Dementia Furniture is a common feature in used to improve the management of these homes

They look like most of the other types of furniture but with one main difference. A Chest of Drawers for example, instead of having locked drawers where you cannot see what is inside, the Drawers come with a cutaway so the patient can see what is inside without having to open the drawer.

The objective of the Dementia Furniture range is that clothes can be identified and recognized without the need to open the cupboard. People with dementia can identify items of clothing effortlessly and instantly by sight rather than having to depend on memory. This makes getting dressed a less frustrating and perplexing exercise for the Dementia patient and enables dementia victims to find items of clothing themselves, giving back their freedom. 

This is just one example of how furniture is used to optimise the day to day experience of those suffering form dementia.