Sunday, December 4, 2022

Alzheimer's Dementia Reflections (Video 4:44)


As 2023 approaches, let's reflect on Alzheimer's dementia in terms of where we are and where we may be going in the future. We can begin by defining what dementia is in general terms. Dementia refers to a group of conditions that gradually destroy brain cells and lead to mental decline. According to the "Journal of the American Geriatrics Society," by the year 2025, an estimated 7.2 million Americans are expected to have Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia that accounts for 60% to 80% of dementia cases. By 2060, unless there are major medical breakthroughs, current numbers will almost double.

Clearly, Alzheimer's is a challenge many people must face with preparedness by becoming as informed as possible in putting forth their best efforts in ways that benefit themselves as well as meeting needs of those living with the disease. People living with Alzheimer's may experience changes in behavior and personality such as anxiety and delusions.  Like a fluttering bee, Alzheimer's can leave caregivers wondering when the person in their care will perform in ways that will make honey or ways that will make them sting. How caregivers approach and handle their roles during their interactions is very important. Local Alzheimer's Association chapters can offer needed local assistance to caregivers. The 24/7 Helpline Phone Number  is 800-272-3900

The following ageless video below titled “It’s a Sparrow” is a moving example of how a negative caregiving experience can evolve into a positive one through thoughtful reflection. 


Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions in America and other countries at online and offline booksellers. Visit Frances Shani Parker's Website.