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Dementia

Dementia includes many disorders which affect memory and thinking. It includes Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia and is probably the most well known. Most people who suffer from dementia are over 65 years of age, however this form of mental deterioration is not a normal part of ageing and many people well over the age of 65 do not suffer from dementia.

If you suspect that you, or someone you know, has dementia, you should consult a medical professional. There are many symptoms of dementia that are shared with other conditions, such as brain tumours and vitamin deficiencies, so it is important for you both physically and emotionally to have an accurate diagnosis.

What are some of the signs?

Physical

  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Motor function difficulties
  • Difficulties with coordination

Cognitive

  • Memory loss
  • Problems with speaking, reading writing
  • Confusion
  • Personality changes

Emotional

  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Inappropriate laughing or crying

Strategies to help manage dementia

  • Set up a system to minimise confusion in the home, by keeping things organised, calm and simple
  • Provide meaningful activities to reduce boredom
  • Seek support from friends and family

When to seek professional assistance

If you suspect that you, or someone you know, is suffering from dementia it important to seek assistance as soon as possible. Psychology Melbourne offers counselling to individuals diagnosed with dementia, to help them understand the diagnosis as well as work through the emotions that may be encountered. Psychology Melbourne also offers support and counselling for family members/support persons after a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia.

For more information or to make an appointment contact us on our Live Chat or phone (03) 9629 1001 or send us an email via our contact form.

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