People suffering from dementia need continued high-quality health care from diagnosis until the end of life. Stable relationships and wellness are the prerequisites for quality of life. In countries like ours, this is the era of chronic illness of which dementia is the epitome. The seeming epidemic of dementia comes with the ageing of the population, which was predictable for generations and for which successive governments failed to prepare. What now passes for aged care in Australia is a travesty where the glowing reform rhetoric obfuscates the grim reality.
Worldwide, over 45 million people suffer with dementia. That number is expected to increase to 75 million by 2030; 135 million by 2050. For every person with dementia, their family and carers are faced with the decision of how best to care for them. Live and Laugh with Dementia is all about how to make life with dementia as positive as possible — to maximize quality of life for all concerned.
Just as we need to exercise our body’s muscles to keep them strong, flexible and working well, so too do we need to exercise our mental muscles (our brain) in order to strengthen and maintain our neural capabilities. By tailoring activities to suit the needs and abilities of dementia patients, we can help them to: maintain their relationships with others; maintain their self-identity; slow the decline of mental function by providing physical and mental stimulation; stave off boredom; and, experience happiness and pleasure.
Live and Laugh with Dementia also addresses our attitude towards dementia and caring for people with dementia. It supports and inspires carers to build their relationship with the person with dementia and provide meaningful engaging activities. As well as suggestions for activities and how to tailor them, tips for people with mild dementia are included in order to empower them to be active and keep control of their lives as much as possible.
Jane Hardy writes frankly about the experiences she and her Mum have shared over the past four years, the lessons she's learned, the things she wished she’d known before they started this journey together. Jane's Mum Beth was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimers with a score of 16 (moderate/severe dementia) at the age of 90. Four years later, she has a score of 20+, is enjoying life and her memory and humour are returning!
Her GP cannot believe her improvement. She is stronger and healthier, has a positive outlook on life and can read and write again.
If you are dealing with a loved one with Dementia, Jane's experiences and strategies will help you avoid the same mistakes that she made! This journey is not for the faint hearted. But focus on what we can be done, rather than what the others say can't be done. For Jane and her Mum, small steps have led to huge strides.
If a loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, Dementia For Dummies, UK Edition provides trusted, no-nonsense guidance on what this may mean for you and your family. You'll get an understanding of the symptoms of dementia, make sense of the stages of the illness and grasp the differences between the various types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.
Dementia is an increasingly common condition that can have a significant impact on family life. Each person diagnosed is unique, and your loved one's symptoms can range from loss of memory to mood changes to communication problems and beyond. This sensitive, authoritative guide walks you through the different scenarios you may encounter as a family member or carer and explains step-by-step how you can keep your loved one as safe and as comfortable as possible—no matter how severe their symptoms are.Gives you the straight facts on dementia Covers the symptoms, causes and risk factors of dementia Helps identify and address the fears as you face a diagnosis Provides carers and family members with the information needed to help manage the illness
If you're looking for support as you adjust to caring for a loved one with dementia, Dementia For Dummies helps make it easier.