Dementia is a problem in the brain that makes it hard for a person to remember, learn and communicate. The symptoms of Dementia including: memory loss, confusion. mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. There are many causes of dementia, with Alzheimer's the most common.
These symptoms worsen over time, although the rate of progression differs with each person as does the symptoms Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, however, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia.
If you are concerned about someone you know, you will need to make an appointment for them to see their doctor, who may refer them to a memory clinic.
People with dementia and their families are sometimes reluctant to seek advice when concerned about memory or other problems. But there are many potential benefits to getting medical advice if you're worried. Being diagnosed early is important for many reasons. It helps you to get the right treatments and to find the best sources of support, as well as to plan ahead for the future.
The person who experiences memory loss or dementia may need care and support to continue to live in their own home, the doctor can refer them to Social Care or you can request an assessment.
Once you have been assessed we will be able to identify the type of support you need, this can include:
- Personal alarms & monitors
- Help with day-to-day task such as washing dressing and meals
- Day opportunities - people with dementia can benefit from a break from their daily routine just as other people do. There are opportunities for people living with dementia to have social contact and simulation.
- Residential and Nursing Care - Sometimes it is no longer possible to care safely for someone with dementia at home. Some homes provide specialist care for people with Dementia.
- Short breaks - If you are looking after someone with Dementia you are a carer. It is important that carers look after their own health and wellbeing and may need a break from their caring responsibilities this could be for a few hours or a couple of weeks.
A range of neurological conditions associated with dementia can lead to gradual loss of memory, difficulties with language, concentration and understanding. However there is now clear evidence that people living with dementia can continue to lead enjoyable and purposeful lives with the right kind of support.
People living with Dementia can sometime express unusual or unexpected behaviours, there is often an underlying reason for this which can be explored, identified and addressed. This can help people living with dementia to be more relaxed and less anxious.
Page updated on: 06/11/2018
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