Of all the illnesses that could strike a veteran, dementia must be one of the toughest. During the onset of Alzheimer’s, memories of past successes and failures, as well as the emotions they evoke, are brought back to life in a way that is both harrowing and uplifting.
They can revisit the traumas and the sensations of worry and mistrust, dread, and loneliness, as well as the desire for self-protection and the need to fight back.
In providing veteran care for a senior loved one, families should recognize the uniqueness of their situation and cooperate with physicians and professional caregivers to ease these symptoms.
While the most severe symptoms may be lessened with the use of medications, they must be taken with great care and under the watchful supervision of a skilled medical professional, such as our team that has been providing Long-Term Care for many similar patients.
Adopting a regular schedule and participating in social activities in supportive environments may also help dementia patients feel more secure and accepted. Also, promoting positive memories is an effective way of reducing negative ones.
Veterans with dementia have special care requirements. But in exchange for their service to our country, they should make full use of the resources at their disposal to keep reminding them that they are currently in a safe place and that they are loved and appreciated.