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Dementia

Multi-disciplinary neurology teams can help diagnose and provide long-term support for people with dementia

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Dementia is a group of symptoms connected to the ongoing decline of brain function. They include memory loss, and difficulties problems solving and with language. These symptoms may appear gradually, but can start to affect a person's every day life. In time, a person with dementia may also experience mood swings and behavioural changes.

Need to know

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    There are many different types of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. As the condition progresses, it may start to impact:

    • memory loss
    • thinking speed
    • mental agility
    • language
    • understanding
    • judgement
    • mood
    • movement
    • carrying out daily activities

    You may also struggle to control their emotions and lose interest in social situations. As the disease progresses, you may lose bladder and bowel control and have trouble walking and talking.

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    Your consultant neurologist will discuss your symptoms and medical history with you to help make a diagnosis. They will ask you about your memory and whether the way you think has started to change. If you are concerned about a loved one, it's important to raise these issues on their behalf. You or they may be asked to take neurological tests such as a memory test, which may be repeated at regular intervals. This is to see if there have been changes in memory. Additional tests, such as blood tests and MRI scans, can also help to rule out any other illnesses such as a stroke or bleeding or tumours. 
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    Your consultant will discuss your dementia treatment options. We offer a range of options.

    • Medication. While dementia cannot be cured, medication can help improve some of the symptoms such as dizziness, and memory loss.
    • Therapy. Working with an occupational therapist to make the home environment safer can also help. They can also advise you how to help a loved one with dementia, and tell you what to expect as the illness progresses.
    • Other therapies such as art, music and pet therapy can provide mental stimulation for someone with dementia.
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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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