The D word can seem like a scary one. However, it doesn’t need to be.
There are currently more than 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia.
The thought of losing precious memories, and finding once simple tasks a little more challenging can be hard to comprehend.
However, we want to give you the confidence to talk about how you feel.
Discover more about what an early diagnosis could do for you, and find ways to live life to the full with dementia.
Am I too young to have dementia?
Are you putting off the dementia discussion with a doctor because of your age?
We tend to associate dementia with senior adults, however this isn’t always the case.
Whilst it is more common in those aged 65 and older, people in their 30s,40s, and 50s can experience an early onset of the disease.
What are the early symptoms to be looking out for?
It’s important to be aware of the early symptoms of dementia, so that you can check in on your health and find assistance if you need it.
The following early symptoms are commonly associated with dementia:
- Memory loss
- A shift in personality and behaviour
- Difficulty communicating
- Increased confusion
- Lack of concentration
- Behaviour or personality changes
- Feelings of depression
- Loss of ability to do everyday tasks
If you’ve noticed any of the above impacting your daily routine, then make sure to check in with a GP. An early diagnosis of dementia alongside effective treatment could have a big impact on your quality of life.
How can an early diagnosis help me?
There are several benefits to an early diagnosis of dementia.
Firstly you can plan and seek assistance early. You and your family can adjust to a life with dementia and find places of support – like us here at Me2u, to help you when you need it.
For some living with dementia, there are also forms of treatment available.
They aren’t suitable for everyone, and they aren’t a cure, but research does suggest that when given to a person earlier in their diagnosis, the treatment can be more effective. These medications that are available can slow down the progression of the disease and help to provide more life into the years ahead.
What can I expect from life with dementia?
Naturally everyone’s experiences with dementia are slightly different.
It’s important to know that you aren’t alone, and there is support and advice out there for you and your family to access.
Please don’t be afraid to talk to your GP if you think you could have early on-set dementia.
It may not be anything serious but if it is, an early diagnosis could help you maintain a good quality of life – one that you deserve.
Click here for more information about the services we provide here at the Me2u centre.