Dementia expert Emma Hewat spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the life-changing condition.
“Behavioral changes or language problems can be early indicators of dementia,” Hewat revealed.
“These come on gradually and slowly get worse over time. As dementia progresses, you will notice changes in all aspects of language, thinking, memory, emotions and behavior, as well as some physical problems.
If a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, Hewat said, “It’s important to encourage your loved one living with dementia to keep their mind and body engaged.
Kewat added: “Meaningful activities are key to helping people develop social relationships and stay connected to their community.”
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As Dementia Manager at KYN, an innovative new care home based in Bickley, Kewat revealed when it might be time to consider such a facility.
“It’s not always easy to decide when someone with dementia should move into a care home,” Kewat said.
“However, if caring for someone with dementia at home becomes increasingly difficult, it may be worth considering.”
Kewat added: “Dementia care homes are fully equipped to deal with the changes that come with living with a dementia diagnosis.
“Your loved one will benefit from round-the-clock support from trained caregivers and nurses in a safe environment designed specifically for their needs.
“And the whole family will receive advice and guidance to help them better understand the condition and manage the transition to care.”
Anyone seeking help can benefit from speaking to a Nurse Admiral, who can provide emotional and practical support to people with dementia, their families, friends and caregivers.
Hewat said: “As a person’s dementia progresses, depending on the type of dementia, their ability to remember things in their life decreases.
“When a person is unable to remember their life story, their sense of self and well-being can be impaired.
“People with dementia can also experience communication difficulties, which means they may need help telling others important things about their lives.”
That’s why building a life story can be a “really impactful” way to help a person with dementia communicate with others.
Emma Hewat is Dementia Manager at KYN, the innovative new care home based in Bickley.
Origin of message: Daily Express
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