Dementia is the generic name for a range of neurological conditions. For those diagnosed with a form of dementia it can be a very frightening and debilitating experience. It can also have life changing effects on the family. Often the phrase “living with dementia” is used of both the person with the condition and those amongst the family who are affected.
How to talk to a parent about dementia
It can often be difficult to address the conversation of dementia, particularly about early diagnosis, this below guide addresses some of those challenging times.
- Age UK caring for someone with dementia – The downloadable applies to people in England and Wales and will state if the information is not applicable, click here to view. Download below.
- Dementia is caused by progressive diseases, none of which can currently be cured. Some treatments are available that can help some people with the symptoms of dementia, including those caused by Alzheimer’s, but the effects are temporary and don’t work for everyone.
- Although new drugs may not be available for some years yet, the current ongoing drug trials are showing promising outcomes. The one clear message so far is that an early diagnosis can make all the difference.
- Non-pharmacological treatment can also help some people with dementia, including helping to manage some symptoms and maintain quality of life for longer.
A recent Alzheimer’s Society survey revealed that 91% of people affected by dementia saw clear benefits in getting a diagnosis. Getting a diagnosis can open up access to medical support, financial support and emotional support.