People with dementia find it harder to remember, absorb new experiences, and orient themselves spatially and temporally. Relatives monitor and care for people with dementia on a daily basis. Rademacher provided insight into medical findings, information about different clinical images, their risks, causes, early diagnosis, and approaches to treatment. A lively exchange ensued, which also involved a lot of dealing with patients' daily lives, challenging challenging situations, caring relatives and professional groups requiring a lot of knowledge, patience and understanding, along with progressive patient changes.
According to Rademacher, people with dementia live, depending on the stage of the illness, only in their own emotional world and perceive simple things in their daily lives differently than before. But also the questions "How do patients get sick and what do they want?" was a clue. Likewise, many practical aids for daily life and planning for the future were kept in focus. An understanding has also been expressed when relatives reach stress limits, home care is no longer affordable and patients around the care site must be considered. "At some point it won't work anymore, you won't sleep anymore." The doctor answered the questions and experience reports with great empathy: "The family also needs help."
The series will continue with further speakers: Günter Bauer of Pflegestützpunkt Freudenstadt, as well as Bärbel Leiser and Gabi Bender of Diakonia. Klaus Rademacher will close the series on dementia with a presentation in December. Further topics of the presentation: Information on legal provisions, daily life, provision of long-term care and assistance, challenging situations and care, assistance to relatives and people with dementia in the hospital – the last phase of life.
Lectures from the series are held at the Moment of the Freudenstadt Family Center in Reichsstraße 16. The FZF wants to provide informative material for family caregivers. You can also view and download it for free during FZF's daily business hours.
The Freudenstadt Family Center will begin another series of courses from late January due to very high demand in the district, city and already large waiting list. Dates will be announced. Contact: For more information and to apply to the FZF, in the morning on 07441/95 04 30.
Dementia is a permanent or progressive impairment of memory, thinking or other brain functions. The cause may be different. There are various forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease (60 percent of cases) or vascular dementia (20 percent) as a result of disorders of the brain's circulation. There are also mixed forms as well as diseases such as Parkinson's Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia or Levy's Body Dementia, often as a result of years of excessive alcohol consumption. In rare cases, dementia can also occur as a result of brain tumors and craniocerebral trauma. According to the Alzheimer's Society, about 1.7 million people in Germany live with dementia. The disease usually occurs in old age, but people under 60 can also be affected.