The Sounds of Dementia

The Sounds of Dementia

One of the prevalent misconceptions that the general public has about dementia is that it only affects one’s memory. This is the furthest thing from the truth.

The fact is that dementia can also affects one’s mobility, eyesight, language skills, behavior and the sensitivity to sounds.

You may have a loved one that’s living with dementia in the more advanced stages of the disease and notice he or she potentially has trouble experiencing a public environment, such as a restaurant. You and a person who doesn’t have dementia can sit across from each other in a booth and have a perfectly normal conversation. However, if someone living with dementia was sitting across from you, that person may not be able to tune out all the other conversations happening in that public setting. For him or her, trying to focus only on your voice may be very disturbing, and difficult to do.

I have a dear friend who has been diagnosed with dementia and has experienced this for many years now, and he has explained to me that walking into a store, such as a Walmart, is like entering an amphitheater. The music, the voices, even the sounds of people pushing their shopping carts around completely overwhelms him. Sometimes, he says, it’s almost deafening.

I have another friend whose daughter and grandchildren, whom he loves very much, all live with him in the same small house. He tells me there are days where he can’t find a room silent enough for him to be in his own house. He stated to me that he’s very pleased when summer school break is finally over, because at least he has the calmness of his days back.

A simple door closing may not affect you or me; however, to someone with dementia, it can be as if someone has just slammed the door shut, causing a person living with dementia to practically jump right out of his or her skin. Therefore, in co-existing with these folks, we need to always try to be considerate enough to at least warn them of an impending loud noise.

Also, ask them about volumes: is the television volume bothering them? Or, is the radio too loud? We need to realize that their symptoms of dementia may be taking away the ability to handle sounds that were perfectly normal to them prior to their diagnosis.

Reassure these folks that if there’s anything bothering them, they can come openly to you and that you will take care of the problem if possible. Our goal as caregivers should be to keep their anxiety levels as low as can be; if all this consideration means a little more quiet time in their home, then all be it.

This article will be appearing in the
Hernando Sun & Feather Sound News

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Upcoming Speaking Events

Below is a listing of my upcoming
seminars and training events.
If you love my writings, you’ll love my speaking events. I have learned it’s best to not only educate people on dementia through their minds, but through their hearts.

If you’re not in the the Florida area, invite me to come to your area or put me in contact with someone in your area to schedule an Dementia Care Seminar or train your staff above and beyond like anything you’ve seen before!

Marchman Technical College
Dementia Care Training
CNA Course Students
7825 Campus Dr.
New Port Richey, Florida
Dec. 5th 9:00 am
Medical Center of Trinity
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Presentation & Training
New Port Richey, Florida
December 6th 8:00 am

Vidant Chowan Hospital
Alzheimer’s/Dementia Hospital Wristband Presentation & Training
Edenton, North Carolina
Dec. 12th
The Cove at Tavares Village
Dementia Care Seminar
(Clubhouse)
1791 State Street
Tavares, Florida
Jan. 10th 10:00 am
Pasco County Sheriff’s Dept
Dementia Awareness Class
15325 Alric Pottberg Road
Shady Hills, Florida
Jan 11th 10:30 am

7th Annual United Way of Hernando
Dementia Care Presentation
Challenger School
13400 Elgin Road
Spring Hill, Florida
Jan. 24th 10:00 am
Nature Coast Caregiver Symposium
First United Methodist Church of Homosassa
8831 W. Bradshaw St.
Homosassa, Florida
Feb. 9th 9 am – 3 pm
Dementia-Related Diseases Seminar Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church
5446 Sunset Rd.
New Port Richey, Florida
March 7th, 1:00 pm

Starling at Nocatee Assisted Living
Dementia Care Seminar
999 Crosswater Parkway
Ponte Verde Beach, Florida
March 21st 9:00 am

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www.dementiamentors.org and check out our short amazing videos all done by those living with dementia and the rest of the website.

Stay strong everyone!
Gary Joseph LeBlanc

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