Living with Dementia Hagerstown 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 Washington County
(301) 791-6360
747 Northern Ave
Hagerstown, MD

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Hospice of Washington County, Inc.
(301) 791-6360
747 Northern Avenue
Hagerstown, MD
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Hospice Care

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Hospice of the Panhandle
(304) 264-0406
122 Waverly Ct
Martinsburg, WV

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Hospice of Frederick County A div. of Fred. Mem. Hospital
(301) 694-6444
PO Box 1799
Frederick, MD
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Hospice Care

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Hospice Of Panhandle
(304) 264-0406
122 Waverly Court
Martinsburg, WV
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Hospices

Hospice of Washington County, Inc.
(301) 791-6360
747 Northern Avenue
Hagerstown, MD
Services
Nursing homes, Hospice

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Hospice of Frederick County A div. of Fred. Mem. Hospital
(301) 694-6444
PO Box 1799
Frederick, MD
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Hospice of Frederick County
(301) 698-3030
516 Trail Ave
Frederick, MD

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Hospice Of Washington Cnty Inc
(301) 733-9471
101 East Baltimore St
Hagerstown, MD
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Hospices

Zimmerman & Son Funeral Home Inc.
(717) 597-2828
45 South Carlisle Street
Greencastle, PA
 
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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