Information for the person with dementia

The Alzheimer Society of KFL & A works to provide information to assist all people living dementia. Whether you are newly diagnosed, in any stage of the disease, or simply want to learn more about the disease, we can help.

Impact of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease eventually affects all aspects of a person’s life. While everyone is different, in general, the disease will affect mental abilities, emotions and moods, behaviour, and physical abilities.

Mental abilities

Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can affect a person’s communication, decision-making, and thought-processing abilities.

This may include:

  • Trouble remembering or understanding others
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty performing simple tasks
  • Poor judgement

Emotions and moods

Dementia can affect the way a person experiences and expresses emotions.

This may include:

  • Appearing uninterested and apathetic
  • Losing interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Becoming more withdrawn

Behaviour

A person with dementia may start reacting different to his environment.

This may include:

  • Repeating the same action or words
  • Hiding possessions
  • Physical outbursts
  • Restlessness

Physical abilities

The disease can affect a person’s physical coordination and mobility, leading to a gradual physical decline.
This may include trouble with:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Getting dressed

Treatment options

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are therapies and medicines that can help with symptoms.

Some examples of medicines include:

  • Cholinesterase inhibitors
  • Memantine Hydrochloride

Other treatment options:

  • Complementary and alternative health care
  • Clinical trials

For more information contact the Alzheimer society at 613-544-3078 or your physician or other health care professional.

Support

The Alzheimer Society of KFL&A can be a great resource for finding support services in your area. 

One of our most successful programs are our support groups. We currently have 15 different support groups running throughout KFL&A, designed to provide community and support to family members who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Some groups are led by volunteers and some are led by staff. One of our goals is to ensure that individuals are in the appropriate group at each stage of their journey in a welcoming and supportive environment. These groups have a variety of audiences and specializations based on the stage of dementia, and are segmented for husband, wives, children, and persons with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  People are able to share their experiences, to discuss creative solutions and to explore new coping strategies.

To find out more about our Support Groups please download our Support Group Brochure


Last Updated: 11/08/2017