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Firstly, don’t self-diagnose. Some of the symptoms of Dementia are things like finding it difficult to concentrate or to plan or think things through. There could be problems communicating because you’re forgetting the words you know you want to use. Finding it difficult to judge distances but there’s nothing actually wrong with your eyesight.
There could also be some severe mood swings where you feel anxious, upset, angry or sad. Or you could find day-to-day tasks becoming difficult like making sense of the TV guide or a recipe. It can be difficult to put your finger on it but something is not quite right. So, let’s understand that most of the symptoms above can relate to lots of other disorders too.
Meanwhile, rather than make a self-diagnosis it would be better to get professional help from your doctor. Your doctor will know how to take a methodical approach to diagnose what’s causing the problems.
Some of the symptoms just mentioned can easily be caused by things like depression, chest infection, urinary tract infection or a deficiency of vitamins. All of which can sometimes be remedied quite quickly. So, get the doctor involved – they are there to help.
Even if it’s someone you care for and they are going through these symptoms then involve the doctor.
That’s the first step. Don’t go it alone!
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain. One of those diseases is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s kills nerve cells in the brain which means that there’s going to be a change in the way the chemicals react in your brain. If one cell is trying to communicate with another and it’s no longer there, then the communicating cell has to find an alternative
way of getting its message across or simply be stopped in its tracks.
So, although dementia is largely associated with memory loss it’s not always manifested in this way. Mood swings can be a common form of how dementia surfaces. When healthy parts of the brain know that other parts of the brain aren’t working properly then there can be feelings of frustration, sadness, fear, depression and confusion.
For the moment there hasn’t been a cure found for Dementia. However, there are positives. There’s an ever-growing amount of research being done on the subject to try to find a cure. If you would like to find out more about the research that is being done then a good place to start would be at The UK Dementia Research Institute.
There’s a huge army of people out there all ready to help! It’s important for you to know this.
Going it alone is not going to be an easy route. All of us should be aware that it doesn’t just affect the person diagnosed with Dementia, it also has a major impact on the loved ones that care for them too. In fact, you could say that in many cases it impacts loved ones more so.
Often the carers of those with dementia find themselves totally absorbed in looking after the one they love. Spend all their time caring without ever getting a break. Well, the good news is that there is help out there for you as a carer and also for the one you care for.
If you would like to learn more about Dementia then an excellent place to start would be the Alzheimer’s Society. Their website is absolutely packed with a wealth of knowledge and information that you’ll find really useful.
However, there is also help available closer to home in Derbyshire.
The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service is commissioned by Adult Care and delivered by the national charity, https://makingspace.co.uk/services/centres/derbyshire-dementia-support
Making Spaces also have a page where you can simply add your postcode and it will provide you with details of the support available locally.
You should also take a look at the Derbyshire County Council website where you’ll find details of the services offered along with contact information. They also provide links and guides which you can download to read at your leisure.
There is also a group in Derbyshire called the Dementia Action Alliance and they are doing a grand job at forming alliances with those that are ready to offer help in the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.
In conclusion, please take a look at some of these services if you’ve not already done so. They really could have a very positive effect on your daily life.