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Alzheimer’s / Dementia Expert Offers Advice to Families

Dr. Macie Smith, Alzheimer’s / dementia expert and SYNERGY HomeCare gerontologist, was featured on Good Morning Arizona.  She provided information on Alzheimer’s and dementia.  She offered advice to families dealing with the disease.  One misperception that she addressed was the notion that a person with dementia should be placed in an assisted living or memory care facility.  She pointed out that change is very difficult for a person living with dementia.  They are most comfortable living in their home.  The objective should be to provide a safe and supportive environment in their home for as long as possible.

Dr. Smith also explained the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Alzheimer’s is a disease and the most common cause of dementia.  Dementia is a general condition of cognitive decline.  Dementia most noticeably impacts memory and judgement.  It can also make it difficult for someone to perform basic daily tasks.  A person with dementia may also struggle with language and communication.

When talking to a loved one about dementia or dealing with issues associated with dementia, take a person-centered approach.  Communicate directly and opening with the person suffering from dementia.  Ask about his or her preferences in working through specific situations.

SYNERGY HomeCare’s memory care program provides support for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, as well as for their loved ones.  This includes memory care trained caregivers that can assist with safety supervision, fall prevention, personal care, companionship, and respite care for family members.  SYNERGY HomeCare offers additional memory care resources for families coping with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Watch interview with Dr. Smith