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What are the 10 early signs of dementia?

December 5, 2016

Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years.

For a greater understanding of dementia from an insider’s perspective, we have compiled another informative article for you.

So, what exactly is dementia?

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one specific disease.

There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington’s disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff’s syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the major cause of dementia and is associated primarily with loss of memory. But both Alzheimer’s Disease and the other causes of dementia have symptoms that not only involve memory, but also difficulty in recalling words, planning and organising, and mood swings.

Unfortunately, there is not a single medical test which can show whether or not someone has dementia. Diagnosis is not simple and early tests may not necessarily establish whether a person has dementia.

The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Memory changes which disrupt daily life are not a typical part of ageing. If you notice any of the signs listed, it is wise to consult a medical practitioner.

These 10 signs of dementia were developed by the Alzheimers Association of the USA.

  1. Memory loss which disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgement
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

It’s best to visit a doctor for an assessment if you are worried about your own health, or your loved one’s health.

Oxley Home Care, established in 2006, is a family owned Sydney company and an approved government provider for aged care services, specialising in dementia care.

For the last decade, Oxley Home Care’s staff have been providing Dementia Care, Private Care, Home Care, Nursing, Allied Health, and Nursing Support to enable people – regardless of their age – to live in their own home.

How can Oxley Home Care Help?

Oxley Home Care offers tailored, early intervention and health and lifestyle coaching to people with dementia. Each person assisted is treated as an individual with their own history, memories and likes/dislikes taken into consideration, with services offered from early onset dementia through to palliative dementia care.

Oxley Home Care’s support services for people with dementia and their carers include:

  • Personal care, showering, dressing, grooming, dental hygiene and denture care
  • Activities to assist and minimise behaviours
  • Preparing and serving of meals
  • Daily living support, including domestic assistance
  • Transport to social events
  • Shopping and errands
  • Companionship and leisure activities

In addition, Oxley Home Care’s respite support allows carers to rest and re-energise with peace of mind, on a regular basis.

To find out more about getting the right support and care for a family member with dementia, contact Oxley Home Care on 1300 993 591.

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