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Autism is a word that a lot of people would not like to hear when it comes to their loved ones especially adults. It’s a sensitive topic and sometimes they don’t even like talking about it. They tend to be in denial and would say that their adult is just delayed or something of that […]

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Do you see these Bipolar Disor...

Bipolar disorder, which has been known as manic-depression before the 1980s, refers to patterns of abnormal and severe mood swings that can range from disabling mania to mania. As the term “bipolar” suggests, this refers to extreme moods from depressed on one end to manic on the other end. So what are some of the […]

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What Does Bipolar Feel Like?

Sajan 25, “Often, I was preoccupied with suicidal thoughts.” Am not sure of what am going through the early stage. I feel like crying for no reason, always worried about future events and make myself comfortable in my own spaces. Gradually, these behaviours became an ideal zone for me. Doing daily activities such as getting […]

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Marijuana Addiction- Can you g...

Marijuana/ pot has been around for a very long time, from the ancient world through our modern period the cannabis plant has played a major role in legal and illegal drug-taking behaviors in people. Is marijuana addiction real or Can you get addicted to pot though? With all this data from thousands of years of […]

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This is Why Marijuana should n...

The fact that Marijuana is a highly addictive drug will remain as it is not only toxic for the brain but also the entire health, in fact, producing a dependence. It is considered to be a gateway drug. Do you know the legalization of marijuana recently in places such as Amsterdam, Canada has led to […]

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What are the other medical problems associated with Dementia? When to reach out for help?

dementia & other medical problemsDementia refers to a loss of mental function which compromises a person’s cognitive thinking. It results in declining memory and linguistic skill as well as behavioural changes. It is a progressive disease caused by brain damage. This means that the symptoms and effects will progressively worsen over time. The effects can range from physical or psychological and can vary widely from person to person.

Depending on the age and the advancing dementia, a person can also suffer from other medical problems associated with dementia, including –

  • Fits – A fit might involve repetitive hand or arm movement, or becoming rigid, clenching teeth, jerking and even temporarily stopped breathing, caused by a burst of electrical activity inbrain  It is one of the side-effects of dementia. Learning the basic technique to manage the episode can help you take control of the situation. Close monitoring of brain heath and regular check-up can help avoid the extreme episodes.
  • Loss of muscular co-ordination – With the advancing dementia, the person faces problems with co-ordination needed to complete even the basic tasks he has done a million times before. Things like fastening a button, switching on a light, picking up something or even walking becomes difficult without help. Although there is nothing wrong with the body, the braincannot transmit the signals to move them. This problem is sometimes called “apraxia”. A caregiver or nursing facility can be help in assisting them to carry out daily tasks at their own pace.
  • Pressure sores – People with dementia remain seated in a chair or lying in bed for long periods of time without moving. This causes pressure sores or bed sores on an area of the skin that gets damaged due to prolonged pressure and friction. They can appear on any part of the body and can be particularly painful and unpleasant for the patient; hence it is important to prevent them from occurring. Pressure sores can be treated and prevented with physiotherapy and physical exercise.
  • Incontinence At some stage, a patient may suffer from urinaryincontinence or wetting due to loss of muscular control, disorientation, communication problems or memory loss. The experience is distressing and embarrassing. It becomes increasingly difficult to manage it. Paying careful attention to the patient and making the washroom easily identifiable can reduce the number of accidents or unpleasant events.

A person with dementia may suffer from multiple medical conditions and hence need up-close assistance. It is important to make them comfortable and encourage them to speak up to share their problems for providing better care.

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