Think your parent has dementia?
If you’re worried about your mum or dad’s cognitive decline and are trying to figure out how to talk to your parent about their potential dementia signs – well, it can be an emotional minefield ( for both people).
It doesn’t need to be this way and we’d like to help you.
No doubt, it can be filled with what-ifs, should I, worry, fear, anxiety and heartache.
Seeing the changes in a person who has been a figure in your life can be challenging.
Talking about it perhaps even harder.
But does this concern get in the way of a great conversation, positive actions, a safer life path or achieving a greater quality of life?
An early conversation about dementia signs can lead to early intervention where it may not be dementia at all.
Yep, it can be hard.
This guide is written by a senior therapist, David Norris, to support you if you think your parent has dementia. It serves you so you can talk with your parent about their memory changes, potential signs of dementia and what to do about them.… .. Click here to read the rest
At the time of writing this post, the Australian Government has announced a Royal Commission into Aged Care, no matter where you see this announcement politically, it represents an opportunity to improve dementia care management.
For many people living with dementia, they don’t reside in an Aged Care Facility but in the home, often with family and loved ones supporting them, stride by stride as the condition plays out for that family unit.
Dementia, isn’t just an experience of memory loss, but a host of symptoms which may commonly impact behaviour. A change in behaviour can be a significant challenges and a source of stress for the family and carers.
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are often considered to be the greatest challenge in dementia care, leading to increased healthcare costs, caregiver burden, and placement into care facilities. For family at home carers, there’s a reported increase in stress and depression and reduce overall quality of life.
The host of medications that a person may take as a result include anti-psychotic, antidepressants, mood stabilizer, sleep or sedative medication.… .. Click here to read the rest
Is there really anything different, what should your know about Alzheimer’s Disease Vs Dementia?
The terms “Alzheimer’s Disease” and “dementia” are often used interchangeably. But the truth is that while there are some similarities, the terms can refer to different conditions and symptoms.
Up front, Dementia is a syndrome, not a disease.
Dementia is a group of symptoms which affects your brain’s performance for skills such as memory and problem solving.
Dementia is an wide-umbrella term which includes Alzheimer’s disease falls under.
Dementia can occur due to a variety of conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.
A video published by the Trinity College Dublin compares the two, equating the difference as being similar to the comparison of asthma (Alzheimer’s disease) to shortness of breath (dementia).
Shortness of breath can be the result of a variety of factors, including:
One of the underlying causes of dementia can also be Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, vascular disease, stroke, infections etc.… .. Click here to read the rest
Today there are over 413,000 Australians living with dementia, and that number is expected to increase to nearly 540,000 by the year 2025 (Fighting Dementia). While there is no cure for dementia to date, knowing the early signs of dementia and receiving a timely diagnosis will allow you to maximise your quality of life and start planning for your future.
Mild forgetfulness and memory loss can be a normal part of the ageing process. It can, however, be a sign of a more significant memory issue such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
For those who suspect they or a loved one may have dementia, it is important to recognise the early signs of dementia and to start treatment immediately. Below are the leading early signs of dementia:
Those with dementia might be able to remember events that took place decades ago, but they may not be able to tell you about what they had to eat for lunch.… .. Click here to read the rest