What is Dementia?
There are many different causes of dementia with the most common cause being Alzheimer’s disease. Here in the west of Scotland, vascular dementia is probably the second most common cause.
If you are not sure about the symptoms and details of types of dementia, you are not alone. Quite often, initial symptoms can be a little confusing to understand, both for the person suffering and for friends or family members around them.
What is dementia?
The term dementia is derived from the Latin ‘demens’ which essentially means loss of the mind. It is a general term but there are many different causes of dementia with the most common cause being Alzheimer’s disease. It is a progressive disorder that affects how the brain works and in particular, the ability to remember, think and reason. It is not a disease in itself, but a group of symptoms that may accompany a number of diseases that can affect the brain.
Dementia affects people in different ways, depending on the type of dementia. The impact can be physical, emotional and psychological, and can profoundly change the practicalities of everyday life.
Recognise the signs
It is not always immediately clear that a person is living with dementia. First symptoms might show that thy don’t seem like the person they used to be, but it is important to understand that everyone’s dementia journey is unique.
People will maintain different strengths and abilities and experience different challenges along the course of the disease. They might say or do things that seem strange and will find it harder to do everyday things. Here are 10 key early warning signs to look out for.
If you or someone you know is showing symptoms associated with dementia, it is important to visit a GP as soon as possible.
Alternatively, at Glasgow Memory Clinic, we offer a memory screening service for those over 50 who are concerned about memory decline and who are potentially interested in participating in our research program.
For more information on this, please call us on 0141 948 0206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The hope with current research is that with the development of better and more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease that it can either be halted or cured.