What is Dementia? Dementia is a kind of brain disease that causes a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember. It is the loss of everything you know. It is estimated that 9 out of 20 people with dementia remain un-diagnosed.
Symptoms of Dementia
1. You find yourself struggling to remember things.
2. You feel confused, even when in a familiar environment.
3. You feel decline in the ability to talk, read and write.
4. You find difficulties thinking and responding.
5. You find yourself forgetting the names of friends and or relatives.
6. You feel depressed or angry and anxious.
7. Asking the same question, repeating the same stories over and over.
8. Being unable to follow directions.
9. Changes in mood.
Please see your doctor if you are concerned about memory loss or any other symptoms listed above.
Few things not to say to a person with dementia.
Don’t tell them that they are wrong.
Don’t remind them the death of their loved ones.
Don’t blame them for their behavioral changes.
Don’t talk about them in front of others especially when they are near.
Don’t argue with them.
Read the Risk factors for dementia
- Family history
- Old age
- Head injuries
- Impaired thyroid function
- Low physical activity