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Supporting the person with dementia and the caregiver 

Supporting the person with dementia and the caregiver
Supporting the person with dementia and the caregiver

Henry Brodaty

and Katrin Seeher

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date: 23 January 2021

This chapter addresses the challenges of supporting a person with dementia and his/her caregiver. The level and type of support depend on the disease stage and each person’s individual needs. Raising community awareness and reducing stigma can prompt timely help-seeking and access to clinical assessment. After the diagnosis, clinical management should focus on enabling the person to live as full a life as possible and on maintaining the quality of life of the patient and caregiver. Guidance on life planning and legal matters and referral to a local Alzheimer’s association are helpful. As physical care demands increase, caregivers benefit from practical help, respite services, and continued emotional support, while the person with dementia requires increased supervision, affectionate reassurance, and companionship. The transition into residential care can be traumatic for both the person with dementia and the caregiver. After bereavement of their loved one, caregivers often benefit from support.

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