Dementia is said to be the cruellest disease because it causes two deaths: The slow extinction of the personality, followed by departure from life.
- In 2016, dementia became the leading cause of deaths among females, surpassing even heart disease.
- About 10% over-65s, 30% of over-85s, and 52% of aged-care residents have dementia.
- Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in seniors and the 3rd leading cause of disability burden.
If your family member has dementia, you CAN make a huge difference. Read on.
Effective support is rewarding
Supporting a parent with dementia can be difficult and traumatic, but it can also be rewarding. University of Pittsburgh scientists Dr T. Inagaki and Dr. E. Orehek identified in a 2016 CDPS article that when support is perceived to be effective, the support can also benefit the caregiver, leading to reduced stress, increased happiness, and increased sense of social connectedness.
It can even forge a powerful influence on your outlook.
This article will convince you that your social engagement with your loved one is vital — especially if they are at risk of dementia.