What is Dementia?
Dementia is a term that describes a group of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It affects thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is usually progressive which means the symptoms get worse over time. It is important to note that dementia is not a normal part of aging, but rather a disease of the brain.
Could I develop dementia?
Anyone can develop dementia, however, the risks may be increased by:
- Increasing age
- Family history (this is very rare)
- Certain health and lifestyle factors
- Untreated vascular conditions
- People who are less physically and mentally active
Signs to look out for:
- Memory loss
- Reduced concentration
- Personality, mood or behaviour changes
- Withdrawal and depression
- Problems with spatial skills
- Misplacing things
- Disorientation to time and place
- Loss of initiative
- Problems with language
There is no available cure for dementia, however there are treatments that can help improve the symptoms and improve quality of life for both the patient and their families.
Speak to us today if you or someone you know is showing early signs of dementia.