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Dementia and Alzheimer's - Barbara Torio

Posted 10/28/2018

Barbara Torio, RN and Demetia Specialist, presented to two groups on Tuesday,  October 16.

Dementia – What is it?

“An Overview of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease” was given by Barbara Torio RN, Dementia Practitioner and Ursuline Associate on Tuesday, October 16 at two different sessions.

In a resource used, Teepa Snow, defines Dementia as an umbrella term that includes many cognitive loss conditions. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, which is a disease. Barb addressed such areas as: symptoms common to dementias, reversible vs irreversible dementia, stages of primary degenerative dementia, some key assumptions in understanding and caring for individuals who have dementia, and facilitating communication.Lt - Normal brain
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Communication difficulties with individuals with dementia are caused by damage to the brain and affects the person’s ability to understand words, organize thoughts, select words, and actually speak.

In relating to persons with dementia and alzheimer’s we are reminded that they are dealing with a disease of which they have little control over and we must treat them with compassion and respect. We can enter their world and be present to them in supportive and accepting ways. There are many web sites to gain more information and help in better understanding this debilitating disease that affects so many people we may know.