Dementia and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

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What is Dementia? Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Although it is well known that older people are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it is less well known that individuals with intellectual disabilities, especially Down syndrome, are also at high risk of the disease, and research shows that people with IDD have a prevalence of dementia. What are some signs of Dementia? Early signs may include changes in health, and in …

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Dementia and the caregiver

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If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   There are many articles these days about mindfulness and “being present in the moment,” telling us to enjoy the little things life has to offer.  What does this mean for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia?  What about the people who care for them?  Caregivers often feel that there is not enough time in the day to do what needs to be done, let alone taking time to stop and smell the roses.  For someone with dementia, however, smelling the roses may be …

Alzheimer’s, IDD and Caregivers

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If you find the below article useful please consider making a donation so we can create more.   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  Caregivers who understand the disease process of dementia or Alzheimer’s are better able to provide an environment that helps the person live as full a life as possible, while keeping the stress level at a minimum. Practical Tips Remember that everyday activities become more challenging and confusing to a person with dementia. Daily Living Maintain old routines and make bathing relaxing – not a rush! Simplify the task by assisting as much as necessary. Don’t expect participation – …