At some point in dementia or Alzheimer's disease the initial symptoms (lack of drive, memory problems, confusion) go into a stage in which the person concerned increasingly requires help and support in everyday life.
Memory problems have increased and more serious problems can occur. Bills may no longer be paid, the stove can no longer be turned off and those affected can get lost outside their normal environment. How the increasing memory problems affect each other individually is so varied that it is practically unpredictable.
Dementia: Mood swings are typical
The personality also changes or gets lost more and more. Those affected usually feel very well that they can no longer cope in everyday life, and can respond to it with violent mood swings and depression. Even the language is increasingly lost, it is often incomprehensible.
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For the relatives and friends these personal changes are often even more stressful than the diminishing memory. Because you suddenly get nothing back. One would like to help but may even face aggressive defenses. That hurts, even if one says so many times that it is a disease symptom.
Advanced dementia: hard time also for the caregivers
In this phase you have to learn that you will never be able to speak more (or only a few) with your counterpart than you used to. From the loving partner or relative or friend becomes increasingly a caregiver, and unfortunately often without a thank you or something similar get back.
What exactly happens and how fast it progresses is very different. But at some stage or another, at some stage or another, the question arises for relatives about the extent to which they are still capable of sufficient care and whether nursing care or care in a nursing home is necessary. As long as a home care (with caregiver) is possible, that is certainly the most desirable solution for dementia sufferers.
Author:Dr. med. Jörg Zorn