22 Aug 2018
Common early signs of Dementia
There are numerous different types of Dementia, and of course different people will experience symptoms in their own way. It may be helpful to know that there are some common signs that can appear before a diagnosis.
We aim to answer some of those questions about what to look out for. Following this, we will provide some insight in how to go about taking those future steps with Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Care. Some symptoms of early Dementia can include:
- Loss of memory - both sudden and over time
- Lack of concentration
- Difficulty carrying out completely usual daily tasks
- Inability to follow conversation
- Confusion around times, places and money matters
- Changes in moods
Symptoms can often be difficult to spot. This is sometimes because the onset can be slow and gradual so friends, family and other familiar faces may not notice as easily. The symptoms can also be mild. This term is called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) when not severe enough to be diagnosed as dementia. At this stage, it can be confusing for those around, as well as the person involved. Although it may not progress to Dementia, sometimes it does. So it is important to be aware.
Dementia and conditions like Alzheimer’s and related illnesses are progressive biological brain disorders. This means that it becomes increasingly difficult for those affected to remember things, think logically or clearly, communicate with others and/or take care of themselves personally. We understand that the changes dementia can cause to someone’s core personality can be alarming and confusing. The challenges that loved ones can face are certainly difficult.
Communicating to a loved one with dementia about their issues can of course pose challenges. The key is learning to improve and adapt these skills to cater to those living with dementia. Communication is always very important to ease stress and help any difficult situations that may arise. Remember to set a positive and helpful manner in which to interact. This includes body language and attitude, before approaching anything that may upset them. Looking out for someone’s best interests is what is always considered the best possible approach.
If there is a concern, it is always best to get a second opinion from a GP as soon possible. They will be able to clear up any confusion for you and ensure you are left feeling confident in this diagnosis.
When the time comes where more support is needed, Caremark fully understands what is required to help. We offer a wide range of support catered to individual and unique needs. In fact, we aim to fully understand your precise needs and preferences before our service begins. We manage this by putting together a support plan agreed together. If you would like to read more about out services you can read more here.
If you require care for a loved one or just need some advice, please call your local office and speak to one of our qualified team.