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How Does Dementia Impact Your Life? Part 1

2 responses to “How Does Dementia Impact Your Life? Part 1”

  1. tammy says:

    I have a question, I am currently a housekeeper at an assisted living facility, I have been there 3 years however I have experienced residents with dementia living with the “normal minded residents” my question is does the dementia residents do anything psychologically not only to me, but to the other residents. Thank you

    • Jessica Mays says:

      Hi Tammy,

      If I understand your question correctly, it sounds like you are wondering how working among residents with a dementia diagnosis may impact your mental health or others living in the same area?

      The first point I think I should make clear is that, although we still are not exactly sure what causes dementia (there are several theories but none proven 100%), we are certain that is not something that is contagious.

      Aside from that, it is true that as we relate to each other, we do have an impact on others that are around us on a regular basis. This impact can affect the moods and behaviors of those arounds us and the same is true for individuals that have been diagnosed with dementia. This is why you may notice certain patterns of behaviors at certain times. You may also notice changes in behaviors as certain residents are around other residents or as they perform specific activities.

      It is important to keep in mind that persons living with a dementia diagnosis are still individuals that have wants, needs, anxiety and fear. Due to the cognitive decline caused by the dementia they may have difficulty expressing themselves, which leads to them try to find a “safe space.” This safe space may be reverting back to their childhood, becoming withdrawn or many other behaviors. When you are working around persons with dementia you need to be more aware of this so you can support them when they are struggling by showing kindness and compassion. After all, we all need human connection.

      I hope this helps. Thank you for reaching out and for the care you provide our elders every day! Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.

      Jessica Mays

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