Together we can Deal with Dementia
In the UK alone, there are an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia. Worldwide, the number of people who’s lives have been irrevocably changed by a dementia diagnosis is estimated to be close to 47 million. Indeed, one person every 3 minutes is diagnosed with dementia.
These are alarming statistics – especially when you consider that, despite all our clinical advancement and medical innovation there is still no known cure for this degenerative disease.
Our infographic puts dementia in the spotlight. The disease stifles quality of life, often leaving sufferers frightened, confused, agitated and feeling like their mind has betrayed them. It’s paramount that everyone is aware of what dementia is and how patients should be treated. Only through an acute understanding of what patients who’ve been diagnosed with dementia feel can we cultivate an empathic insight and begin to develop ways for us all to deal with dementia.
The Types of Dementia
Did you know that there’s 6 different types of dementia? Most of us can recognize Alzheimer’s disease which afflicts 62% of dementia patients and Parkinson’s disease which accounts for 2% of dementia diagnoses, but there are, in fact, four other types of dementia.
Lewy body dementia
Each type of dementia is as pervasive as the last. Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Despite the disease often being associated with those of advanced age, the central nervous system inside the cranium of the forebrain, the midbrain and the hindbrain can deteriorate at any point in our lives.
The Symptoms of Dementia
How do we begin to deal with dementia without understanding its symptoms? The quick answer is, we can’t. Each type of dementia has its own distinct symptoms. These have been clearly listed on our infographic, but how do we tell the difference between forgetfulness or pressured speech, stroppiness or clumsiness and dementia.
Dementia is endemic and noticeable. It becomes an identity and, post diagnosis, a label. Part of successful treatment is recognizing the symptoms and the stigma attached to dementia and caring for patients, helping them to recognize their value as people and NOT the behavioural actions the disease prompts.
How we deal with dementia is rooted in how we deal with people – regardless of a pre or post diagnosis. And accurately recognizing the symptoms is the first stage to learning to deal with the disease.
Dealing with Dementia Post Diagnosis
A dementia diagnosis can be scary. Not only for the patient, but for the family members. Patients and their loved ones are often faced with the possibility that the person who they are, and who’s loved, may fade away.
Post diagnosis, it’s paramount that patients and their families understand that there’s plenty of support for them. Neither patients nor their family is alone. There are treatments and cognitive therapies that stimulate brain receptors and slow deterioration. Interested in learning more about the various dementia treatments? Follow the link here.
Our infographic clearly outlines the actions patients should take when faced with a dementia diagnosis. From seeking relevant help to having open discussions with loved one’s there’s much that patients can do – and loved one’s to support.
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Remember: together we can deal with dementia.