What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term that includes several neurodegenerative disorders, (i.e.) disorders that affect the brain. The brain cells of individuals with dementia progressively degenerate. This leads to symptoms such as impairments to memory, communication, behaviour and mood. There are four main types of dementia.
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Dementia Care Home
A dementia care home fills the gap between retirement communities and nursing communities. While most retirement communities offer a wide range of services to appeal to seniors who can live fairly independently, nursing/long-term care communities support people with severe needs. However, while retirement communities offer generalized service, nursing communities tend to have the feel of a hospital, with limited budgets and busy staff members who deal with all types of needs.
A person with dementia needs more!
Metta Lifestyles provides communities that offer dementia care in Toronto, which unlike nursing communities have a high ratio of staff to residents. Furthermore, unlike typical retirement communities, our communities offer customized programs and activities for individuals with dementia. Our creative, stimulating
home-like environment is very different from a hospital in its dementia-focused design and services.
Dementia Warning Signs
Whether you’re experiencing possible symptoms or are concerned for someone you care about, the Alzheimer Society of Canada has developed the following list of signs to look for:
Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities
Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Problems with language
Disorientation in time and space
Problems with abstract thinking
Changes in mood and behaviour
Changes in personality
Loss of initiative
If you are concerned about any of these signs, talk to your doctor.