Some things you should know about Dementia
- Dementia is not a natural part of growing old – it is a medical condition and caused by diseases of the brain
- Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse but you can slow it down with treatment
- It’s not just about losing your memory. Dementia affects the way people think, speak and do things, their moods and behaviour
- It is possible to live well with dementia with the right help and support for individuals, families and carers
There are over 100 different types of dementia. The four most common ones are;
- Alzheimer’s – click for more information
- Vascular dementia – click for more information
- Dementia with Lewy bodies – click for more information
- Fronto-temporal dementia – click for more information
Some common signs and symptoms of dementia
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images.
- Problems communicating – new problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
- Changes in sleep patterns and appetite
- Problems telling the time or using money
If you are at all worried or concerned about your memory or of a loved one, please see your GP who can carry out further tests and help. Click here for Bury Dementia Guide