Living With Dementia: Is It A Death Warrant?

Dementia affects around one in every ten people over 65 years old. It’s one of the most common causes of death in older adults, but it can also be treated if it’s caught early enough

Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking and behavior. It can be caused by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. It isn’t a natural part of aging: if you have dementia, it means that your brain has changed in some way.

People with dementia often have difficulty remembering things from one day to the next or finding their way around when lost. They may also become unable to communicate clearly or understand what people are saying to them or even see things clearly enough to talk about them.

Dementia affects every aspect of someone’s life – it affects how they dress themselves; where they live; who they spend time with; whether they go outside at all – so it’s important that we try our best not just for ourselves but also for those close around us who care about us most dearly.

The symptoms of dementia may include difficulty performing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place and problems with speaking or writing. In particular, memory loss is common. Problems with reasoning, problem-solving and planning are also common. A person may struggle to organize their day-to-day activities and keep track of appointments; they may become disorganized in their workplace as a result of poor memory (for example, forgetting things that need doing). They may find it difficult to think outside the box (have abstract thoughts) or see things from another person’s point of view (loss of empathy).

If you notice these changes in your loved one’s behavior or personality over time then this could be an early sign that something has changed for them.

The symptoms of dementia can vary greatly depending on the cause and at what stage of the condition a person has reached.

The diagnosis is based on symptoms, family history and medical history, as well as brain imaging (CT scan or MRI scan).

The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. It can also be caused by other medical conditions, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Other causes include Huntington’s disease and Pick’s disease (a brain disorder with symptoms similar to those seen in schizophrenia), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (a rare brain disorder) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (also known as frontotemporal dementia).

Every person with dementia will require a different level of support and care, so it’s important to talk to your loved one’s doctor or carer before making any decisions about how you want them to be cared for.

It’s also true that dementia is not a natural part of aging; it happens when brain cells in your body die off too quickly – usually because they are damaged by an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease or Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). This means that no matter how old we are when we start showing signs of dementia, our brains won’t stop working until they’re completely gone!

Everyone with dementia will require a different level of support. The type and amount of support required depends on the person, their needs and the severity of their condition.

In some cases, you may find that your loved one needs more help with daily tasks such as getting ready in the morning or preparing meals at home. It’s important to know what type of assistance they need so that you can provide it accordingly

You should also be aware that some people with dementia experience periods where they are unable to function independently as well as others who remain relatively healthy throughout their whole life span

Dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it is not something that inevitably happens to everyone as they get older. It’s important for people with dementia to understand the difference between normal aging and dementia, so that they can spot signs of the condition early on.

* In the UK over 3 million people have some sort of memory problem – which may be mild or severe – but most don’t realize they have them because they’re used to seeing someone else act out their symptoms instead!

* If you think someone has a memory problem then take them seriously; it could be something much more serious than what you think at first glance!

People often feel frightened by the word ‘dementia’ because they think it means you’re going to die soon, but this isn’t the case.

Dementia is a progressive brain condition that affects memory and thinking skills, causing confusion about where you are or what day it is; problems with memory; difficulty remembering how to do things such as dressing yourself or cooking a meal; trouble with thinking clearly and making decisions about important matters such as work, finances or personal relationships..

Living well with dementia depends on good-quality care and support. This means that you should:

1. Treat your loved one with respect and kindness, even when they’re not acting like themselves.

2. Listen carefully to what they have to say, even if it seems strange or difficult to understand at first.

3. Ask questions if you don’t understand something; this will help them feel comfortable talking about their condition with someone who cares about them.

4. Give honest answers when asked questions about how they feel or behave; don’t try to be the ‘experts’.

Whilst living well with dementia is possible, it requires good-quality care and support from family, friends and other people involved in your life.

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