Dementia is a broad term for the symptoms of cognitive decline. It not only affects the person with dementia, but their family, friends, and wider community as well. Review the forms of dementia and the biological, emotional, and physical symptoms. Gain tools and information—including tips, behavior do’s and don’ts, and self-care strategies—to successfully interact with and/or care for a person suffering from cognitive decline. Focus more on being a family/friend and less on the challenges that often accompany dementia.
Kim O’Roark, Cognitive Therapeutics Manager at Home Care Assistance of New Mexico, became interested in dementia, especially how to manage it, when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She became a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer and a Certified Dementia Practitioner, while maintaining Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist status.