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Dementia Care in Orange County and Greater Los Angeles

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behavior.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia but not all dementia is due to Alzheimer’s. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experience will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.

Symptoms

Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way. The different types of dementia tend to affect people differently, especially in the early stages. How others respond to the person, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, also greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia.

A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (problems with thinking or memory). They will often have problems with some of the following:

  • day-to-day memory – difficulty recalling events that happened recently
  • concentrating, planning or organizing – difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (eg cooking a meal)
  • language – difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something
  • visuospatial skills – problems judging distances (eg on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions
  • orientation – losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are

As well as these cognitive symptoms, a person with dementia will often have changes in their mood. For example, they may become frustrated or irritable, withdrawn, anxious, easily upset or unusually sad. With some types of dementia, the person may see things that are not really there (visual hallucinations) or believe things that are not true (delusions).

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms gradually get worse over time. How quickly dementia progresses varies greatly from person to person. As dementia progresses, the person may develop behaviors that seem unusual or out of character. These behaviors may include repetitive questioning, pacing, restlessness or agitation. They can be distressing or challenging for the person and their day-to-day routines.

A person with dementia, especially in the later stages, may have physical symptoms such as muscle weakness or weight loss. Changes in sleep pattern and appetite are also common.

Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia can be a challenging journey, not only for the person diagnosed but also for their family members and loved ones. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia can seem overwhelming at times, but the more information and support you have, the better you can navigate the demanding road ahead and determine the long-term care options that are best suited to you and your loved one.

Understand Parkinson's Disease

Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson's disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms. Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson's appear.

Symptoms

Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Common Symptoms include:

  • tremor - of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
  • bradykinesia - slowness of movement
  • impaired balance - unsteady gait
  • rigidity - stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • fatigue - rapid energy loss
  • dysphagia - difficulty swallowing
  • micrographia - problems with handwriting
  • hypophonia - soft speech
  • constipation - infrequent or hard to pass bowel movement

A person can live with Parkinson's for years. The symptoms are treated with medication. Some people with Parkinson's may benefit from surgery. The following therapies can also help manage the symptoms:

  • Physical therapy helps mobility, flexibility and balance
  • Occupational therapy helps with daily activities
  • Speech therapy helps with voice control
  • Exercise helps muscles and joints and improves overall health and well-being

Parkinson's can progress at a different rate for each person. As symptoms change, medication will need to be adjusted. As the disease progresses, non-motor symptoms may also appear, such as depression, difficulty swallowing, sexual problems or cognitive changes. It is important to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about Parkinson's, ideally a neurologist. By working with a home care team, a treatment plan can be created that will meet the person's individual needs.

Parkinson's symptoms such as slowness in movement, poor balance and uncontrollable tremors can make daily tasks difficult and cause elevated anxiety and frustration among individuals living with Parkinson’s. We understand the overwhelming challenges with which seniors with Parkinson’s struggle, which is why we take pride in providing professional assistance and specialized Parkinson’s care for a better quality of life at home.

Our Caregivers are some of the best in the field when it comes to caring for Dementia and Parkinson's cases. They have received training and have real world experience, some from their time caring for their own loved one with this disease. Our goal is to focus on remaining abilities rather than perceived disabilities. Every day our team assists people in living up to their best ability and function.