4 Things to Understand About Dementia

4 Things to Understand About Dementia

When it comes to dementia, there are a lot of things that people do not understand. This is understandable, as dementia is a complex disease that can be difficult to comprehend. At Avita Rolling Hills, an assisted living and memory care community in Wichita, Kansas, we understand that dementia can be a difficult disease to cope with both for the person who is diagnosed and their loved ones. That's why we provide specialized care and services to our residents with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In this blog post, we will discuss four things that you need to know about dementia. We hope that this information will help you better understand this disease and the people who are affected by it.

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1) Not a Natural Part of Aging

Many people believe that dementia is a natural part of aging and that there is nothing that can be done about it. However, this is not true. Dementia is a complex disease that has many causes, and it is not simply a result of getting older. In fact, only about 60% of cases of dementia are caused by age-related factors.

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2) Not a Brain Disease

A common misconception is that dementia is a disease. Although it can be caused by different diseases, dementia itself is not a disease. It occurs when the brain has been affected by diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, and Huntington's.

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3) Not Just About Memory Loss

Dementia is not just about memory loss, but it can also cause many other symptoms:

  • Depression and Anxiety - People who are diagnosed with dementia tend to experience depression and anxiety more often than people without dementia. This can be a result of stress or even the physical changes that occur in the brain. However, there are treatments available to help manage these symptoms.

  • Behavioral Changes - People with dementia may also experience changes in their behavior, such as becoming agitated more easily or having problems with social interaction.

  • Physical Changes - Dementia can also cause physical changes, such as weight loss, poor vision and hearing, and difficulty walking.

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4) Dementia Patients Can Still Live Well

Although dementia can be difficult to cope with, it does not mean that the person diagnosed cannot live well. In fact, many people who have dementia are able to lead full lives and enjoy all of their favorite activities.

If you would like to learn more about dementia and the care we provide at Avita Rolling Hills, please contact us online or give us a call at (316) 361-2500. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.

We hope that this information has been helpful and that it has helped you better understand dementia. At Avita Rolling Hills, our goal is to provide world-class care and services to our residents with dementia, and we are committed to improving the lives of those affected by dementia.