In recent months, I have become aware of several friends and family members who are facing the challenge of caring for loved ones at the end of their lives, commonly known as palliative care or hospice care.
People with dementia often have trouble keeping up with everyday hygiene. They may forget to bathe or to change their clothes. Or they may become confused or overwhelmed by the sequence of steps involved in personal hygiene. They may even become anxious or defensive when reminded to bathe or shower.
Since 2012, the month of September has been designated internationally as World Alzheimer’s Month to raise awareness regarding dementia, with World Alzheimer's Day celebrated annually on September 21.1