Dementia refers to a range of conditions that cause memory problems and issues with other cognitive functions, such as thinking, language, problem-solving and decision-making. These problems affect your day-to-day life with dementia and can cause a loss of independence. It is often confused with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. You may also experience depression, anxiety, paranoia, and personality changes.
- Memory loss
- Change in behaviour
- Problems concentrating
- Struggling with daily tasks, such as meal planning and shopping
If you have dementia, you might notice that you frequently lose your wallet, purse or car keys. You might also forget to attend appointments or experience confusion around the time and where you are.
Nerve cell damage in specific areas in the brain cause the different types of dementia, and each type affects the brain differently. The treatment we recommend will depend which kind you have and other factors.
As there is no cure, treatment focuses on addressing the symptoms of this condition and improving your quality of life. We may prescribe medication and suggest a talking therapy. You may also benefit from participating in a social or physical activity.
Additional treatments include occupational therapy, environment changes, and cognitive stimulation therapy. Complimentary therapies, such as aromatherapy, art, music or pet therapy, may help you cope with the psychological changes better.
Other conditions can worsen your symptoms, such as depression, thyroid problems, and vitamin deficiencies. Treating these may lessen the severity of your symptoms.