The Impact of Social Isolation on Individuals Living with Dementia

Dementia is a condition that affects memory, thinking, and behaviour, making it challenging for individuals to engage in social activities and maintain relationships. When these individuals become socially isolated, it can exacerbate their cognitive decline and negatively impact their mental health. However, engaging in activities that stimulate the mind and foster social connections can significantly benefit individuals living with Dementia. These activities can provide a sense of purpose, promote feelings of belonging, and help individuals maintain a sense of identity. How Does Isolation Make Dementia Worse? Isolation creates risk of a decline in mental health by exacerbating the symptoms of Dementia and accelerating cognitive decline. How? Well, when individuals with Dementia are socially isolated, they lack the mental stimulation and engagement necessary to keep their brains active and functioning optimally. This can lead to a faster decline in cognitive abilities, memory loss, and difficulties with daily tasks. Additionally, isolation [...]

Essential Strategies for Dementia Caregivers

Being a Caregiver for someone living with Dementia is a demanding and complex role that requires great patience, empathy, and understanding. Dementia, a condition characterized by a decline in cognitive abilities, can have a profound impact on both the individual living with the disease and their Caregivers. As a Caregiver, it is crucial to recognize and understand the challenges associated with Dementia care in order to provide the best possible support and quality of life for your loved one. One of the primary challenges faced by Caregivers for someone living with Dementia is the progressive nature of the disease. Dementia is a degenerative condition that worsens over time, leading to a decline in memory, thinking skills, and the ability to perform daily tasks. People living with Dementia may also gradually suffer a decline in communication skills. One of the many things you must learn is how to communicate with [...]

Understanding Person-Centred Dementia Care

Dementia is a collective term for a range of cognitive disorders that affect millions of individuals worldwide. There are hundreds of kinds of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease leading the list. Dementia not only impacts the memory and cognitive abilities of those diagnosed but also has profound effects on their overall well-being and quality of life. In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of person-centred Dementia Care in providing support and enhancing the lives of individuals living with dementia. As top home health care providers, we felt it was important to explain how person-centred Dementia Care works. In a nutshell, the person-centred care dementia approach recognizes that each individual is unique and has specific needs, preferences, and experiences. It focuses on understanding and valuing the person behind the diagnosis, taking into account their background, interests, and personal history. By placing the person at the center [...]

Navigating the Holidays: How to Celebrate with a Family Member Living with Dementia

The holidays will be here before we know it. While how we celebrate will vary from household to household, for many, the holiday season is a time for joy, love and reconnecting with friends and family from near and far; it’s a chance to reminisce and make precious memories. The holidays a treasured opportunity for Seniors to see friends and family, too; though if you’re caring for someone living with Dementia, you may have some concerns about how to include and involve them in your holiday festivities in a way that makes them feel both safe and comfortable. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Dementia — recently, or if they received a diagnosis some time ago and their symptoms have been accelerating — know that you’re not alone and that there is help available to you, even around the holidays. Specializing in Senior home care services and [...]

Collaborative Care: The Importance of Involving Individuals Living with Dementia in Decision-Making

We make decisions throughout our entire lives, almost unceasingly. They can be minor, like what to have for dinner or what route to take home from work. And they can be major, like whether to put in an offer on a house or whether to accept that shiny new job offer. Regardless of the scope, freedom of choice is something that we take for granted. Our ability to choose dictates the trajectory of our days, years, and lives, and it’s something that makes us uniquely us. So when there’s news of a life-altering diagnosis, like Dementia, it’s understandable, and only fair, for the person living with a type of this disease to not only have a say in their future care but to also have input in day-to-day decision-making. Today, we will highlight the importance and value of collaborative care and involving a loved one living with Dementia in [...]

How an Early Diagnosis Can Improve Quality of Life for People Living with Dementia

Every September, Alzheimer’s Disease International acknowledges and raises awareness about Alzheimer’s — one very commonly referenced type of Dementia. This September, the theme of their campaign is “Never too early, never too late” — with a mission to educate the public about the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s, alongside some risk reduction techniques. Hearing of a Dementia diagnosis — whether for yourself or a loved one — can trigger a series of emotions, including distress, anger, frustration, helplessness, and beyond. But it can also bring about an unexpected, albeit bittersweet, feeling of gratitude. While it’s indeed absolutely never too late, it’s also never too early to learn of a Dementia diagnosis. Here, we will broach an often-overlooked subject — the benefits of an early diagnosis of Dementia and how it can improve the quality of life for the person living with a type of the disease. First, it’s important [...]

Exploring Alternative Dementia Care Therapies

Dementia is an intrinsically complex disease. In fact, it’s not just one disease — there are over 400 different types. Dementia is a term describing a series of medical conditions that cause a decline in cognitive abilities, behaviour, and a person’s overall sense of wellbeing. These symptoms will eventually disrupt the person’s ability to navigate daily activities alone, leading to dedicated, round-the-clock care. All this means that a one-size-fits-all approach to Dementia care simply won’t work effectively. Instead, it’s crucial to develop a hyper-personalized approach that pivots with and adapts to the person living with the disease. If you or a loved one are living with Dementia, you’ll want to explore as many therapeutic options as possible to extend self-sufficiency and independence, all while making life more joyful, comfortable, and safe. As Dementia Care specialists, we have our finger on the pulse of such options. We understand that people living [...]

Understanding Sundowning: A Guide for Dementia Caregivers

People living with Dementia can often lead happy and fulfilling lives following their diagnosis. However, as the disease advances, physical, mental, and behavioural symptoms will present themselves, making it difficult for the person to live safely and comfortably alone. These symptoms vary based on the individual. Some of the factors that can impact the advancement of Dementia (advancing through the different stages of mild, middle, and late) include age, physical health, and if the person has other concurrent medical issues. As symptoms increase in propensity and begin to evolve past the mild stage, those living with Dementia, and the loved ones who support them, may need to seek more consistent support from a family Caregiver, or to secure person-centred Home Care from experienced Dementia Caregivers — like those here at Integracare Home Care. As the most qualified provider of Dementia Care in Toronto and Mississauga, we understand the many [...]

Strategies for Simplifying Daily Tasks for Individuals with Dementia

“Dementia” is an umbrella term — it’s not one single disease. Instead, it’s a useful way to encompass several diseases that affect the brain. Diseases classified under the label Dementia can affect a person’s memory, physical abilities and thought processes — to name just a few symptoms — which, over time, can reduce their ability to successfully and safely complete Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) alone. Today, an increasing number of adults are opting to stay in the comfort of their own homes as they age. This includes those who have received a life-altering diagnosis — of Dementia or otherwise. In fact, a National Institute of Ageing/TELUS Health Survey found that “almost 100 percent of Canadians 65 years of age and older report that they plan on supporting themselves to live safely and independently in their own home as long as possible.” For us, this makes perfect sense: a family [...]