Unlike Oscar Wilde's trivial comedy 'The Importance of Being Earnest' the Importance of Identifying Dementia is no laughing matter.
Dementia is a serious condition that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. As well as receiving the healthcare and community support they need, those with a diagnosis for dementia need to make timely financial and legal preparations to ensure care needs are met before the mental condition develops further.
What are the Signs & Symptoms?
Although indications of dementia vary, there are common things to look for:
- Recent Memory Loss/Lapses
- Uncharacteristic Behaviour
- Poor Concentration
- Communication Problems
- Getting Lost in Familiar Places
- Problems Time-Telling
- Problems Using Money
- Changes in Sleep Patterns
- Changes in Appetite
- Personality Changes
What should you do if you recognise someone who may have Dementia?
You may wish to have a discussion with the individual about the problems the person has been experiencing, encouraging them to visit their GP. If you feel that they lack this capability, you should speak to their family or GP. As part of the NHS, the individual can receive consultancy free of charge.
Many GPs are able to make a dementia diagnosis. However if unsure, they should refer the individual to a memory clinic if appropriate. In extreme cases, if a GP feels that a diagnosis is not required, you may need to highlight your own concerns about the difficulties that the person has been experiencing and mention the benefits that a diagnosis can bring. You could change someone’s life!
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