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The Emotional Effects of Dementia (Part 2)


There is more than enough data to suggest that your emotional health plays a role in your physical well-being. Studies show that exam-related stress and the stress that comes from the workplace can make one susceptible to viral infections and cardiovascular diseases, respectively.

Our years of experience as a home care agency in Peoria, Arizona has taught us that in order to help our patients achieve optimum health, we must ensure that their emotional health is also given priority. This is especially important for dementia patients, as their experience is one that involves grave restrictions on both their physical and emotional well-being.

As a home care in Arizona, we believe the first steps should begin with recognizing its effects on their emotional health. Listed below are two of the four most common emotional changes brought about by the disorder:

  1. Anxiety and Clinging
    Anxiety may be a common reaction to new surroundings for most people. But for dementia patients, the experience is heightened to the point where they cling to familiar objects or individuals of times passed, not realizing that these individuals are no longer around or that circumstances are not the same anymore.
  2. Mood Swings
    Mood swings in dementia patients can be due to several factors. Thus, it is important to identify the underlying reason for the particular sudden change of mood. Among these are being put in an uncomfortable situation, being overstimulated, and untreated psychiatric disorders, among others.

Comfort Covenant Home Care, LLC. offers in-home care services to help you manage these effects on your elderly loved ones with dementia. Check out our previous month’s blog entry to read the first part of our discussion.

For more information, please feel free to reach us.

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