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.