What is Dementia?
Dementia, as a general term, refers to a number of disorders that result in the loss of memory, language, critical thinking, and other cognitive functions. Most people associate Dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease which is the most common form of Dementia, but a number of other disorders that gradually destroy certain cognitive functions that are needed for everyday living fall into this category.
As the diseases progress, those diagnosed may experience changes in behavior and personality. These changes can be exhibited as paranoia, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, or delusions.
Early detection is critical as medical intervention may be able to slow the progression of the disease. With over 6 million cases in the U.S. and more than 50 million worldwide, more research is needed to find ways to prevent, treat, and cure forms of dementia. It’s imperative that you and your loved ones talk with your physician early in the process for diagnostic testing and treatment options.
The goal of the Dementia Project is to handle a number of items on your list so you and your loved ones can focus on what’s important together. The project can help you and your family:
- Plan ahead for long-term care expenses
- Estimate the cost of care and provide asset protection from the cost of a nursing home or in-home care
- Prepare legal documents
- Explore available resources in your community
- Provide care planning and case management to help caregivers manage the disease stages
- Provide disease education on:
- Stages of the disease
- Communication needs
- Behavior interventions
- Avoiding caregiver stress
Talk with the professionals at Planning & Protecting to learn more about the project and the resources available to help you and your loved ones navigate these challenges.
DEMENTIA PROJECT RESOURCES