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Do You Have Early-Stage Dementia?

After the doctor’s visit

Maybe your doctor will discover a treatable situation and you can stop worrying. However, if you do have early signs of dementia, the sooner it’s discovered the better, so you can take steps to live the best quality of life possible. That, of course, includes getting more help for your care receiver.

The Four Main Kinds of Dementia

You shouldn’t neglect your own care either. Getting a dementia diagnosis is devastating, so ask your doctor for the name of a therapist who can help you cope, and also for advice on how to break the news to your family. Also, look into getting some immediate help to do cleaning, cooking, finances and any other task that you find confusing or difficult. Finally, take time to investigate facilities that might handle your care as your disease progresses.

Read more:
A Caregiverís Story: Getting Into a Dementia Patientís Head
Dreams and Past Events: What is Reality for People With Dementia?
Things People With Dementia Say: Common Phrases and How to Reply

How to Tell If You Have Early-Stage Dementia originally appeared on AgingCare.com

 

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8:58PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

thank you

11:56AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

I think those of us with a parent with this are more afraid of getting it too. I know I am.

2:33AM PDT on Mar 24, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:05PM PST on Dec 25, 2011

tks

5:32AM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

@Fiona - Early stage dementia, which my mother had, is a very devastating disease and not something to be joked about. If you suspect your husband has it, I suggest you get him to a doctor for evaluation ASAP. Of course, many other things can cause the symptoms you describe, such as: Bi-polar, depression, drug use, other things on his mind, etc. I certainly would not trust him to pick up the children until you find out the source of the problem. PS: Early grey hair is hereditary, my mother starting greying at a young age and so have all of us (the children).

9:01PM PDT on Oct 8, 2011

Dementia can be frightening. My older sister has had Dementia for about 7 years. She doesn't remembers things or people, she gets confused easily, but she still retains her personality. She is still my sister. Dementia sufferers need love and they need attention.

3:24PM PDT on Oct 7, 2011

Good information, thank you!

10:47PM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Thank you - maybe i'm not loosing the plot!

7:42AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

Thank you - good information.

11:34PM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

As the article points out, dementia can come from stress or medications. But I think, by far, the worst cause of early dementia is pollution - in our water, food, from microwaves by cooking in plastics, the air and a host of many other things we're subjected to every day. But it's been a rumor for quite a while that there may be cases of "mad cow" which is being kept silent, because the hunters, the ranchers, and the CDC/WHO and other agencies do not want us to stop eating meat - the bottom line is always the profit.

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