Oct 19, 2013 3:03 PM GMT
"Some of the physical effects to HIV may be better known, but loss of brain function can also affect people with HIV or AIDS, especially as they age. In fact, the virus can change the size of some brain structures and lead to forgetfulness, behavioural changes, headaches, and the loss of sensation in the extremities. And people with advanced infection may experience dementia. Most people who become HIV-positive will still live a long life, but many will eventually find themselves in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The Schulman and Schachne Institute is one of many nursing facilities dedicated to providing this sort of care to people with HIV across New York City. This facility in particular has a long history of expertise in dementia care, using multiple strategies—therapeutic activities and staff interventions, for example—to help patients."