There are various types of dementia, more commonly; Vascular, Mixed dementia, Lewy bodies and Frontotemporal dementia but Alzheimer’s is the most common disease.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.
Each person is unique and dementia effects people differently. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the part of the brain that is damaged and possibly the type of dementia they have but commonly starts with short-term memory loss, concentration, organising things, language, mood swings, they become frustrated or irritable, withdrawn, anxious, easily upset, sad, visual impairment and orientation, although some symptoms may not occur and some may develop. Dementia is progressive and symptoms will get worse as time passes. The vast majority of diseases or causes are not curable, although research continues and a lot can be done to enable people to live well with the condition.
If people are worried about signs or symptoms, a visit to your GP for an initial assessment who may refer you to the memory clinic, mental health specialist or specialist consultant.
People can live well with dementia and it is important to gain the information on resources and facilities that are available. We can help.