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The Emotional Effects of Dementia (Part 1)


Dementia refers to a group of symptoms associated with the deterioration of retrieval and formation of memory and/or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). Among its most common causes are injuries to the brain—whether through a disease or a physical damage—a progressive brain cell death, among others.

Its portrayal on most forms on media is that of person, usually a senior, experiencing decline through the loss of several cognitive functions. However, its behavioral changes and its corresponding emotional effects are rarely, if ever, discussed.

As a home care agency in Phoenix, Arizona, we want to highlight this oft-overlooked part in the discussion of dementia. Here are two of the four most common emotional effects of dementia and how it usually develops in our elderly loved ones:

  1. Anger and Frustration
    Anger and frustration often come together as a result of a devastating event, in this case, dementia—the former for being seen as unable to perform tasks that are menial and the latter for realizing that they can’t do it and actually need help.
  2. Depression
    Depression is a common experience for those afflicted with dementia. It is perhaps the most difficult effect to diagnose because its symptoms closely resemble those of the disease itself. Additionally, the environment for developing such a mood disorder seems to factor in—there is a feeling of isolation, a loss of control, and having dementia itself.

Comfort Covenant Home Care, LLC., is a home care in Arizona committed to helping you and your loved ones in this challenging stage of your lives. Visit our blog for the second part of our discussion.

We offer in-home care services to address not only the physical and basic necessities of your elderly loved ones but, perhaps most importantly, their emotional needs. Reach us at 480-744-7390 or 602-612-2570 for more information.

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