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Dementia Therapy Should Be Aggressive And Started Early
Here is Why

The 12 Keys to successful and effective treatment dementia therapy

Following these steps will give you the confidence and assurance that you are providing the best possible care, in the appropriate setting:

  • Educate yourself on the dementia type and how the particular disease may progress

  • Discuss with your health care providers and support groups what are the potential future care needs. Begin to open the lines of communication and have Elder Care Family meetings to begin to identiufy long and short term goals. This is also a time to regularly reevaluate the needs of your family member and change those goals to meet the present needs. This is time to explore if a family care giver contract is a possibility

  • Take steps to plan in advance - Take the steps necessary to get all the legal and medical paperwork in order

  • Assess the home for safety and learn how to prevent falls Address medication compliance. Educate all caregivers and family members in the importance of taking medications consistently

  • Provide a consistent routine around all daily activities

  • Provide a balanced diet

  • Exercise and activities are important

  • Manage other exisiting medical conditions such as: high blood pressure, diabetes

  • Learn behavior modification techniques to manage difficult behaviors

  • Explore therapies that will build on the strengths, not the losses. As they loose their ability to do tasks and daily activities, focus on the positive. Their strengths and abilities can be addressed in groups that offer cognitive stimulation, reality orientation or habilitation therapy

  • Learn and provide dementia activities that will improve sensory function

  • Learn to avoid care giver stress

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