What caregivers can do: Explain the situation clearly to the family and friends. Get as much support as possible. Be very careful planning for finances. Be ready for higher physical work and more emotional adjustment. Support children as they find it difficult to see a parent with dementia. Get counselling. Look for alternate ways to get comfort.
Some younger persons (below 65 years) also get dementia. Terms used for this are early-onset dementia, young-onset dementia, and younger-onset dementia. To care for a young-onset patient, in addition to the normal planning, you have to pay special attention to some topics. These are discussed here.
- Plan for reducing or stopping the patient’s work.
- Take over investments and important matters in steps.
- Explain the situation to parents, siblings, and other relatives.
- Help the children of the family accept and adjust to the situation.
- Make an extra effort to retain friends and social circles.
- Plan the finances carefully.
- Prepare for the tough physical work involved caring for a younger patient.
- Prepare for much higher emotional impact.
- When looking at available facilities and support services, check if they can handle younger patients.
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