Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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Depression in Women

One in four women experiences depression at some point in time in their life. And women are twice as likely to experience clinical depression than men. Still wondering why the women in your life are crying most of the time, or feeling persistently sad, and has no interest in anything. Here is your answer: she […]

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

Reinventing Mindful Eating: Eating is an inevitable activity of everyday life. There was a time when this activity was carried on with utmost mindfulness, i.e. prayers were offered before beginning the meals, and after ending the meals slokas like Annapoorne Sada Poorne, Shankara Prana Vallabhe, Trayam were recited. Offering supplication (Du’ä) by Islam followers during the meal, […]

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How does one cope with Dementia? Is there a checklist that helps?

dementia checklistThe initial thoughts after knowing that you or your loved one is suffering from a progressively degenerative disease like dementia can be very frightening and overwhelming.

To what extent can the disease impact your life? How fast can it progress? How can one control the symptoms? Is it reversible? These are few of the questions that involuntarily creep up in the mind. Caring for someone with dementia can also take a toll on a person’s health and social life.

Here are some of the practical ways that can help cope up, if you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia.

  • Speak up and share the challenges you are facing in day-to-day activities for proper treatment. Find out about therapies or activities that can be beneficial to deal with memory loss and other symptoms.
  • Try to find out about the specific type of dementia you or a loved one is suffering from to better understand future challenges and treatment options.
  • Have an organised schedule for regular check-ups with your GP or therapist.
  • Regular exercise and balanced diet also help in maintaining an upbeat health.
  • Appoint a caregiver to attend to your health, medical and psychological needs.
  • Get in touch with support group and community help group to find out about local services for you and your carer.
  • Talk to family members and seek their support. Stay connected to friends.

Here are some of the ways to ease up the challenges faced in daily rituals when you are caring for a loved one.

  • It i important to set in familiarity in day-to-day activities. Setting a daily activity schedule like walk, lunch, etc, as well as things like reiterating your name to the patient during your daily visit can help breed familiarity, comfort, confidence, sense of safety and trust.
  • Keep a track of patterns which trigger or heighten the symptoms like confusion, agitation or irritation. This can include things like time of the day, person, absence of favourite foods, piece of clothing or jewelery etc.
  • Practice good communication. In repetitive conversations, clarifying and rewording questions can help.
  • Dementia patients tend to forget things which can be hazardous for themselves or others. For e.g. keeping the gas or electric iron on or wandering out leaving the door open etc. Monitoring their movements with installed sensors can help keeping the loved one and home safe

The most important thing one can do as a caregiver is find support with friends, family and other support groups, who can share some of the tasks and responsibilities and make it easier to cope up with dementia.


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