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January 18, 2017

What Does “Mixed Dementia” Mean?

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As a family caregiver, the moment that you hear a diagnosis for your elderly parent your brain starts moving and you start making plans. You want to make sure that you give your parent the care that is right for them and that you help them manage their condition effectively while also supporting their quality of life.

In order to accomplish this goal you hope that diagnoses are clear and straightforward, enabling you to know how to move forward. Unfortunately there are some diagnoses that sound complicated and confusing, which can seem intimidating when you hear it. Taking the time to understand these diagnoses, however, can give you confidence and help you to make the decisions that are right for their care needs. One of these is “mixed dementia”.

It is extremely important to note that your elderly loved one will not be diagnosed with “mixed dementia” during their life. This is because the only true way of diagnosing this condition is through an autopsy of the brain. This, however, may be something that your aging parent’s doctor might discuss with you as a possibility.

Just as it sounds, mixed dementia is a condition that includes the features of two or more types of dementia. During their journey with dementia, your parent might show the symptoms of one primary form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, but have some irregularities, or they may show the distinct symptoms of more than one type.

Mixed dementia is an example of why as a family caregiver it is extremely important that you remain in close contact with your senior’s medical team. By always staying in touch with this medical team you keep up-to-date on what they are going through and how you are able to give them the best care for their particular needs in their later years.

If your elderly parent has been suffering from dementia, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elderly care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a completely customized schedule to ensure that they get the level of care, support, and assistance that they need, when they need it, to manage their symptoms and focus on staying safe, healthy, comfortable, and active.

Through these highly personalized services, the care provider can encourage your loved one to maintain as much independence as possible while handling their symptoms in the way that is right for them. This supports a more fulfilling quality of life throughout their later years. As a family caregiver this can help you to feel more confident that even when your senior is dealing with challenging symptoms and you are not able to be with them, they will get everything that they need to live the lifestyle that they desire while still managing their disease properly and effectively.

When it comes to caring for an elderly adult who is experiencing mixed symptoms or who is dealing with several different health complications and issues, this care provider can understand each of these issues, evaluate your parent’s particular challenges, and develop a course of care and support that balances these in the way that is truly right for your aging parent.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in St. Charles IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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