Dementia is a complex disease which means the early stage symptoms can vary from one person to the next. The symptoms for dementia are not always evident right away which can sometimes mean it is not detected for some time. Below we have listed some of the most common symptoms that can be detected for the early stages of dementia.
Memory loss that affects everyday life:
Dementia can be very difficult to detect and for some people, the symptoms listed above may develop at different stages. Some of them may not affect you at all but these are the primary symptoms that you should be aware of.
If you experience changes in your memory, mood, or ability to manage everyday tasks develop, you must visit your GP. Diagnosing dementia early means that you may be able to access appropriate treatments, services, and support.
If you are concerned that you may have dementia it can be difficult to know exactly what questions you need answering by your GP.
Below are some questions that you may consider asking. This will allow you to understand exactly why you are experiencing all these changes.
You must find out all the information that you may need to be fit to manage everyday life as you learn to live with dementia.
The diagnosis of dementia can take time. It is not just one test, it involves several assessments. Doctors will generally begin by ruling out other possible causes for your symptoms, this may include some urine and blood tests along with some memory and thinking tests.
Following your tests, your GP may refer you to see a consultant who specialises in diagnosing dementia. The consultants normally have a specialist team that you will work with to determine your exact diagnosis. Following on from this you will learn about the people you can talk to for help and support at such a difficult time.
To find out more about the early-stage signs and symptoms, read here.
At Cavendish Homecare we have a team of homecare managers, registered nurses, and carers with a wealth of experience and experts that can provide practical and emotional support and care. We understand that this is such a sensitive time, having trustworthy support can make a huge difference with learning to live with dementia.