The week following 14th May was the official time of year dedicated to dementia awareness. The cause was celebrated worldwide with and for the ones who are suffering from dementia along with their loved ones. There were millions of people all around the world and celebrations were a beautiful sight to behold.
Moreover, despite millions of people meticulously honoring the day, there were a million more that have no idea what dementia actually is. There are a lot of psychological disorders that can be mistaken to be something that they are not, and often times, they even get mixed up.
Dementia isn’t particularly a disease, but a term that defines a variety of symptoms that impact performance, memory and the ability to communicate. The ones who are suffering from dementia have a life that is difficult and very different than ours, and to know how they feel, we must know what they feel.
Dementia is Not a Disease
Many people mistake dementia for a disease that impairs a person as soon as it develops. This is quite far from the truth. In actuality, dementia is a syndrome, and although it does impair a person’s ability to think, memorize, speak, etc., it doesn’t do so right away. A person can develop dementia since their adolescent years, but the risk only increases as you age.
Here’s a look into the life of a person who suffers from dementia, and the major effects of dementia:
1. Short-Term Memory Problems
A person who suffers from dementia will face memory problems, but these will mostly be short-term. This means that the sufferer might remember what happened a decade ago, but they won’t be able to recall what they ate for breakfast or who they spoke to over the phone.
Dementia causes a person to face confusion, mostly in the early stages of it. The confusion occurs when there is lapse of memory and thinking judgment due to the fact that the sufferer fails to recognize the faces that they were once familiar with, as well as how to speak and the words that they normally would use.
3. Sense of Direction
The sufferer will undergo depreciation in terms of their sense of direction. Routes that were taken regularly begin to look unfamiliar. Landmarks that were previously well-known start to look strange and as though you’ve never seen them before. This is one of the reasons that add to the confusion.
Dementia causes the person to forget whether they have already done ordinary chores or things such as shaving, and this might make the sufferer repeat the task over and over again. During conversations, the person might even ask you the same question twice or thrice only because they forget that they asked the question and what your answer to it was.
5. Mood Shifts
Mood shifts are commonly seen in people who suffer from dementia. Depression is rather common, although it is bound to hit the sufferer mostly in the early stages of dementia.
If you or a loved one suffers from dementia, then it should please you to know that our team at Raeburn Healthcare is more than happy to help ease your worries. Approximately 70% of our patients are dementia sufferers, yet not one of them has any complaints – much thanks to our expertise. You can contact us at 0330 053 5959 or by emailing us, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for further inquiries.