Dementia Services - Montana VA Health Care System
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Montana VA Health Care System

 

Dementia Services

Are you concerned that you or your Veteran may be showing early signs of dementia?

Contact the Veteran's primary care physician today! If the Veteran is routinely seen for primary care at Fort Harrison, call the Fort Harrison Ambulatory Care clinic at 406-447-6750.

If the Veteran is routinely seen at a clinic other than Fort Harrison, click HERE for our Community Clinic directory. 

New to Caregiving?

Have you recently become a Family Caregiver of a Veteran? Feeling overwhelmed? Visit the VA Montana Caregiver Support Program for more information. 

There you'll find useful links for caregivers including the VA Caregiver Toolbox and the VA Guide to Caring for a Veteran with Alzheimers. Here are links to more useful information:

Montana Web-Based resources: Other Web-Based resources:

Dementia Caregiver Guide

 

 

Considering a nursing home for your Veteran suffering from Alzheimer's or related dementia?

Medicare has developed tools to help you and your family compare nursing homes and a guide to choosing the right nursing facility for your Veteran.

Overview of Dementia

The biggest contributing factor to dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a progressive disease meaning the symptoms get worse over time. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease; there are some medications and treatment strategies that can help improve the quality of life. Dementia affects memory, thinking, ability to reason, and the ability to care for oneself. Dementia has some common symptoms but each person experience will be different. Alzheimer’s disease has three stages. 

Mild Stage

- difficulty preforming tasks (i.e. following recipe, trouble with driving)
- Loss of interest
- Problems finding words
- Diminished judgement
- Confusion (i.e. may misplace things, forget how things work, loose something and accuse someone of stealing it)

Moderate Stage

- short term memory loss
- hallucinations
- aggression (i.e. may be set off by a trigger in the environment)

Severe Stage

- Need constant care or inability to care for self
- Loss of verbal abilities (i.e. can’t make needs known)
- Uncontrollable movements
- Incontinence
- Unable to recognize family friends
- Inability to sleep

Dementia Warning Signs that patients and caregivers may report

- Asking the same questions over and over again.
- Becoming lost in familiar places.
- Not being able to follow directions.
- Getting very confused about time, people and places.
- Problems with self-care, nutrition, bathing or safety.

 

Contact Info

Location

  • Fort Harrison VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 406-447-6797

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm