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When a loved one is diagnosed
with dementia, a family’s life
can turn upside down. In such
situations, families may not know
much about the disease, including
what to expect with treatment and
how soon before the dementia patient
begins to need care that the family
cannot capably provide.
Over time, dementia patients’ loved
ones are likely to benefi t from the expertise
and assistance of qualifi ed
dementia caregivers. It can be overwhelming
for loved ones to offer the
right level of care for someone who
is unable to perform the activities
of daily living. Bathing, medication
management, dressing, and feeding
are often very diffi cult for dementia
The Alzheimer’s Association says
that providing good care for someone
with dementia goes beyond meeting
basic needs. It also means fi nding
caregivers who treat the whole person
and provide an environment that can
enable the person to be safe yet independent.
In order to get started, one should
fi rst assess the needs of their loved
one with dementia. How many services
he or she will require depends
on whether that person can use the
bathroom, walk, eat, or bathe independently.
Alz.org says care needs tend to
be lesser in the early stages of dementia.
However, during the middle and
end stages of dementia, 24-hour supervision
and potentially more intensive
medical care may be necessary.
Some families start with a visiting
caregiver who can come to the house.
For example, a service like Visiting
Angels is certifi ed to offer care according
to advanced dementia care
protocols after working with leading
dementia specialists. Caregivers may
offer companionship and helpful reminders.
Others may assist clients
with personal tasks. One key aspect
of dementia care is preventing wandering.
Alz.org indicates that six in 10
people with dementia will wander. A
person with Alzheimer’s may not remember
his or her name or address
and can become disoriented, even in
familiar places. Caregivers can put
protocols in place to help reduce wandering.
Alert bracelets and GPS tracking
devices can help in this regard as
At some point, caregivers can help
families transition someone with
dementia to nursing facilities with
memory care divisions. Social workers
and other aides may help families
navigate the legalities of medical insurance
and long-term care insurance
as well as government assistance programs
that may help offset the costs of
more intensive care.
It’s never too soon to develop a
care plan for someone with dementia.
Qualifi ed and compassionate caregivers
can help ease the burden of dementia
on patients and their families.
How to choose a
Finding a quality dementia caregiver can provide invaluable peace of mind for families of
It’s June: Get Your
Eyes Summer-Ready Millie R. Fell, MD, FACS
We all love the sun. Its brightness
shines with hope of better days
ahead. However, the sun can wreak
havoc on your eyes. How can you
protect the health of your eyes in the
- Protect your eyes from the
sun’s damaging rays by wearing
sunglasses that provide 100% UV
protection. Also, wear a visor or a
broad-rimmed hat to add protection.
The sun can cause damage to both
the surface of your eyes as well as
the delicate retina that lines the back
of the eyes.
- The sun can also aggravate your
eyes if you have a dry eye condition.
Dry eye disease is the most common
reason patients come to see me
complaining of a foreign body feeling
in their eyes as well as burning or
Clinical Assistant Professor
of Ophthalmology NYU
other feeling of irritation. Wearing
sunglasses helps this condition.
Patients are also advised to use
artifi cial tears, preferably without
preservatives. These are sold over
the counter. Sometimes, you have
to try different brands to see which
helps your symptoms the most.
- Finally, as we all get ready for
summer we think about getting
healthy by eating well and exercising.
Nothing is more detrimental to your
health than smoking. This increases
your risk of progression of cataracts,
macular degeneration and dry eyes.
So, now is the time to stop smoking!
Visit Drs. Fell and Brookner,
Board Certifi ed Ophthalmolgists, for
a comprehensive eye exam to ensure
that your eyes are healthy and stay
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