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Dealing With Dementia

by Encore Care Homes(more info)

listed in alzheimer's and dementia, originally published in issue 251 - January 2019

Dementia affects around 45 million people across the globe - approximately 850,000 of which are in the UK. It’s one of the biggest causes of death, along with cancer, and with it being such a prominent issue, we feel that everyone should be know knowledgeable about the condition and how it affects those living with it.

Thousands of people live without a dementia diagnosis for several years, allowing it to progress more rapidly than it would with medical intervention. Although there is currently no cure, medication can be used to slow down its effects. However, if the signs and symptoms of dementia aren’t recognised early enough, it can be much more challenging to treat.

So, what actually is Dementia and what are the Different Types?

Dementia is the term used to describe a collection of symptoms that, over a long period of time, contribute to brain health decline and loss of brain function. It most commonly affects individuals over the age of 65, and there is currently no cure.

In total, there a 6 different types of dementia: Parkinson’s dementia, Lewy Body dementia, Mixed dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, and Frontotemporal dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, affecting a whopping 62% of all dementia sufferers. Parkinson’s and Frontotemporal dementia are the least common types of dementia with only 4% of sufferers being affected, and they tend to be the most challenging types to diagnose.

What are the Symptoms of Dementia?

Although there are 6 different types of dementia, many of the symptoms are experienced by all dementia sufferers, regardless of the type they’ve been diagnosed with. These include:

  • Confusion
  • Short term memory loss
  • Mood changes
  • Personality changes
  • Becoming anxious and withdraw
  • Repeatedly asking the same questions
  • Difficulty finding and understanding certain words
  • Difficulty with money and numbers
  • Issues with movements
  • Becoming obsessive
  • Difficulty with attention span and tasks that require focus
  • Not recognising loved ones

Getting a Diagnosis

The first stage of getting a diagnosis is to recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia in yourself or your loved one and to make an appointment with a GP. Whilst at the doctor’s office, blood tests will be taken to rule out any other conditions that could be causing the symptoms. If the blood test results come back clear, step two is undergoing cognitive testing and brain scans.

Cognitive testing involves taking IQ tests, being asked general knowledge questions, and taking mirror tests to observe self-awareness and learning ability. Brain scans are used to determine any physical damage to or deterioration of brain tissue.

Once these tests have been completed, if the diagnosis is dementia, the GP can prescribe medication to slow down its affects and make it much more manageable for the individual.



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About Encore Care Homes

Encore Care Homes has been delivering exceptional quality care services to elderly residents for several years. They currently have 3 high quality homes situated in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Fareham, and have plans to open a fourth home in Poole next summer. Their purpose is to enrich the lives of all the residents by offering them care, safety, and companionship. Across all  homes, Encore provides care in 5 key areas including long term residential, nursing care, Alzheimer’s and dementia, palliative care, short term rest bite, and day breaks. Every one of Encore’s residents is different which means the care they receive should be too which is why Encore creates distinctive, responsive, and individual care plans for each of our wonderful residents, striving to assist them and help them flourish.

Due to the fact that Encore provides care to individuals with dementia, a condition that is multi-layered and often misunderstood,  they wanted to share some information about it, in the hopes of increasing awareness by helping loved ones to recognize some of the symptoms. That’s why they created this infographic... Please contact Encore Care Homes via their website


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