Living with dementia

Dementia is the umbrella term for a range of progressive disorders affecting the brain.

Sadly, it's likely to affect all of us in some way throughout our lives whether that be from a personal diagnosis or a loved one getting it.

If you know someone you think might have dementia or maybe you have concerns about your own health, it's vitally important that you seek a diagnosis as soon as possible. There are treatments available that can help to slow the progression and manage the symptoms.

Recognising symptoms of dementia
Dementia can affect people in different ways and there are more than 200 types of dementia impacting a person’s brain cells working in specific areas. This impacts their ability to think, speak and remember things.

Here are some of the common symptoms that get worse over time in somebody with dementia.

Memory problems

  • difficulty retaining new information
  • increased forgetfulness
  • getting lost in places that used to be familiar
  • struggling with names
  • misplacing things frequently

Cognitive ability

  • difficulty understanding time and place, e.g. getting up in the middle of the night to go to work, even if retired
  • difficulty with choosing what to buy and paying when shopping
  • struggling with decision-making and reasoning
  • loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyed
  • restlessness, e.g. pacing, fidgeting and trying to leave the house

Communication

  • struggling to find the right words
  • repeating themselves often
  • difficulty making and following conversation
  • difficulty reading and writing
  • becoming quieter and more withdrawn
  • loss of interest in socialising
  • loss of confidence
  • changes in personality and behaviour
  • mood swings, anxiety and depression

Someone with dementia may just have one or two of these symptoms or may have all of them depending on which type of dementia they have and how developed it is.

It can be challenging living with dementia and it can be equally as challenging living with someone with dementia.

Dementia UK has a campaign called ‘I live with Dementia’ that's helping to support those who are living with someone who has dementia.

The message around the campaign is ‘If you love somebody living with dementia, you’re living with it too.’

If you are in the position, you can get further support for yourself from their website.

How Nottingham on Call can help

Not only would our pendant alarm or GO! personal alarm be a great addition, we also have things like motion sensors that can alert a loved one if someone with dementia was to attempt leaving the house during the night for example. See our Equipment page, to find out more.

If you're wanting some support for yourself or a loved one, our friendly team would be more than happy to talk to you about our bespoke packages and how we could help. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch or call us on 0115 746 9010.