Living with Dementia Annapolis MD

Many people think of hospice care as being for the dying, and therefore not appropriate for someone who has “only” been diagnosed with dementia. However, hospice care can help greatly in the day-to-day living of a person with dementia.

Hospice of the Chesapeake
(410) 987-2003
445 Defense Hwy
Annapolis, MD

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Hospice of the Chesapeake
(410) 987-2003
445 Defense Highway
Annapolis, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Capital Hospice
(301) 883-0866
9200 Basil Ct Ste 200
Largo, MD

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Capital Hospice
(301) 572-2489
9200 Basil Court, Suite 200
Upper Marlboro, MD
Services
Hospice Care

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Arundel Genl Hosp
(301) 684-9510
Franklin And Cathedral Streets
Annapolis, MD
Specialty
Hospices

Hospice of the Chesapeake
(410) 987-2003
445 Defense Highway
Annapolis, MD
Services
Hospice Care

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Anne Arundel Home Health & Hospice
(866) 491-2493
3168 Braverton Street
Edgewater, MD
Services
Nursing homes, In home, Hospice

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Capital Hospice
(301) 572-2489
9200 Basil Court, Suite 200
Upper Marlboro, MD
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care
(410) 379-3599
6095 Marsha Lee Dr
Elkridge, MD

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John Hopkins Home Hospice
(410) 631-7979
2400 Broening Highway
Baltimore, MD
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Hospices

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Living with Dementia

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What is dementia? And perhaps just as importantly, what isn’t it? In the coming months, I’ll be writing a series of articles on dementia to address the concerns of caregivers and family members who have a loved one living with dementia. Many people think of hospice care as being for the dying, and therefore not appropriate for someone who has “only” been diagnosed with dementia. However, hospice care can help greatly in the day-to-day living of a person with dementia.

Dementia refers to a decline in the mental abilities of a person. It is not a diagnosis in itself. And it is not synonymous with mental illness. When we say a person has dementia, we are referring to symptoms that include memory loss, absentmindedness, confusion, the inability to think rationally, a decline in social skills, and inappropriate emotional reactions. There are many types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form and accounts for approximately 75% of all dementias.1 Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that will ultimately become fatal; the mortality rate due to this disease is increasing faster than any other leading fatal condition. In 2004, it was the fifth leading cause of death among Americans older than 65 years of age2. There are hospice eligibility guidelines for people with different types of dementias, but few of these patients ever receive hospice services. New research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management sheds new light on...Click here to read more from Gilbert Guide