Today, Deanna is talking with Nicole Crawford. She has over twenty years of experience in caring for people with dementia and works with Christy Baynes, who was our guest for the first part of the Dementia episodes. Deanna and Nicole discuss dementia care and what you need to think about.
Nicole says that many issues in dementia care come from the fact that a lot of doctors are family practice. They don’t know what to do or what to tell families to do because they are trained to treat a disease and send the patient on their way. She believes that family physicians should have continuing education credits for illnesses that affect seniors.
Deanna asks what advice Nicole would give to the loved ones of someone who is newly diagnosed with dementia. Nicole talks about setting care goals and knowing about the different types of dementia. She recommends safeguarding yourself from a stress level that would prevent you from taking care of a loved one properly.
Children are often better at seeing the early signs of dementia compared to spouses, and Deanna gives examples of this behavior from her own life. Looking back, she speaks to the importance of paying attention, asking questions, and getting help.
A difficult situation can arise when a person with dementia needs to have their ability to legally drive revoked. Nicole and Deanna share some potential horrors that can happen if this isn’t handled properly, while also giving advice to avoid such a situation.
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