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  • Debbie Howard

An Essential Checklist for Caregivers of Dementia

One of the biggest challenges in our aging society is the prevalence of dementia,

technically defined as a syndrome (or group of related symptoms) associated with

ongoing decline in brain functioning, and typically affecting memory, thinking, and

social abilities that interferes with daily life.


Of the 53 million adult caregivers in the United States, about one-third are

caring for someone with dementia. And of course, the number of people with

dementia is increasing every day because people are living longer, and we have

10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day!


Dementia is a progressive condition, worsening over time, yet with speed of

deterioration differing between individuals. Age, general health and the underlying

disease causing brain damage all impact the pattern of progression. For many, the

progression can take years – but for some the decline can be sudden and rapid.