[ April 28, 2014 ]
It’s normal to sometimes forget the odd thing or two here and there. It’s just a natural occurrence of the ageing process and other various factors of life such as stress, illness, medications and tiredness can also contribute to memory loss from time to time.
For example, we may occasionally struggle to find the right word to use in a sentence, but we usually tend to remember it and it doesn’t occur again for a while. But there comes a point when forgetfulness and memory loss become more of an apparent and serious issue. If it’s beginning to start affecting your day to day life, or if you’re worried about someone you know, you should consult your local GP.
Nowadays, dementia is becoming more and more common and an increasing number of people are being diagnosed with the condition every year. Although the condition itself is becoming more and more common, some people still don’t recognise the symptoms of dementia when faced with it, or if they do, they’re still unaware of certain key points that are affiliated with the syndrome. Below are a few key points that occur with dementia, and can help you recognise the symptoms.
• Dementia currently affects around 800,000 people in the UK. The risk of developing dementia increases with age, and the condition usually occurs over the age of 65.
• Dementia is associated with an ongoing decline if the brain and its capabilities. This includes memory loss, thinking speed, language, understanding, judgement and mental agility.
• You may begin to notice that the affected person has become uninterested/unmotivated in activities they would usually show a keen interest towards, begin to have difficulties controlling their emotions or start to find certain situations a challenge, especially in social situations.
• It’s a lot easier to recognise the onset of dementia in someone you know. You understand certain aspects of their personality more than others, and will notice them starting to change. For example, someone who is usually sympathetic and empathetic may become less understanding and compassionate than usual, or even start to make false statements and claims.
• Most types of dementia can’t yet be cured, however if it is detected early, there are ways you can slow down the progressive symptoms and help maintain mental function.
There are a whole array of symptoms and recognisable traits that are associated with dementia, and above are only a few key points to help outline the concept of dementia as a whole. If you start noticing personality changes within someone you know, consult your local GP to learn more about dementia.