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  • Writer's pictureDr. Shawn A. Weiss, PT, DPT, CDP, CADDCT

Dementia: Communicating Better With Our Loved Ones

If you're caring for a loved one who is cognitively impaired, this hour is for you. This segment on the Answers for Elders Radio Show provides an overview of mental impairments, including dementia.

12-18% of those over 60 years old have at least some mild cognitive disorder, and that is expected to grow by 20% by the year 2040. 80% of seniors in senior living communities have some kind of impairment. Most people want to age in place, particularly after Covid, and people are feeling ill-equipped when it comes to caregiving. People are looking for ways to help mom or dad, to improve their quality of life.

There are more than 100 types of dementia. People have language deficits or an expressive aphasia, taking unnecessary risks, memory losses, confusion, decreased concentration, and some personality changes are some of the symptoms.

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