Early signs of dementia
It is normal, especially as we get older, for our memories to become slower. Changes such as finding it challenging to remember places and names are to be expected. However, if you start to see the signs of early dementia, there are some steps that it is advisable to do now.
Understanding different types of dementia
It is normal, especially as we get older, for our memories to become slower. Changes such as finding it challenging to remember places and names are to be expected.
An indication that some form of dementia is occurring would be a mental decline severe enough to disrupt daily life.
How to get a dementia diagnosis
There isn’t one single test that can diagnose dementia. A dementia diagnosis is based on the results of a series of assessments, which will be carried out by your GP or by a specialist at a memory clinic or hospital.
What to do if you receive a dementia diagnosis
If you have received a diagnosis of dementia, this can be a scary and upsetting time for you and your family. You may also experience feelings of shock.
Take the time that you need to adjust to this news. You GP will handle any treatment, medication or monitoring that you need, but when you feel ready, here are some other things that you might want to think about after your diagnosis.
There are several organisations across the UK who can offer you advice and support about all stages of dementia.
Ways to help someone with early dementia
If you are close to someone who is living with early dementia, this can be a difficult and worrying time for both of you.
There’s a lot to think about, but here are some small ideas to help to make life easier and help you set up some helpful routines now
Types of dementia care
There are multiple types of dementia care and they can be provided in a variety of different settings.
The type and setting of dementia care depend on the stage and severity of the dementia and the wishes of the person living with dementia.
Palliative care for dementia
Palliative care is professional support for people with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones. It’s designed to promote your comfort and living standards using a holistic approach, helping you to stay comfortable and manage pain and other difficult symptoms. Palliative care mainly aims to improve quality of life for people with late stage dementia and help them live it to the fullest.
Saving for future care needs
Social care is rarely free and you are likely to need to pay towards at least some of the cost of your care. The more money you can save during your lifetime to specifically put towards the cost of care, the more control you will have over your care choices.
Please note that long-term care insurance policies are no longer sold (although some limited alternatives are available).
End of life dementia care
While it is perfectly possible to live well with dementia for any number of years, it is unfortunately still advisable to plan ahead and think about end of life care.
Making these decisions while you or your loved one with dementia is still able to make their choices known will give everyone a sense of peace and help to avoid difficult situations at a later date.