In the absence of a medical breakthrough, it is anticipated that the number of people with Dementia will quadruple by 2050.
Alzheimer’s Australia has some very useful and practical resources regarding Dementia.
Some commonly asked questions about dementia:
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term that is used to describe a collection of symptoms that are associated with a decline in function over time. This decline is caused by an underlying disorder affecting the brain. There are many different types of dementia, which are caused by a range of diseases. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal dementia and Alcohol related dementia.
What are the early signs of dementia?
The early signs of dementia can vary depending on the underlying cause. They are often subtle and include difficulties with thinking and memory, confusion, changes in personality and a loss of ability to undertake day-to-day tasks. It is important to recognise that these symptoms can be caused a range of other conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, depression, anxiety, mediation side-effect and infections. Therefore, it is extremely important that if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, that a thorough assessment is undertaken by a specialist team, including a medical specialist.
What can I expect from this service?
The Community Cognition and Dementia Service is a multidisciplinary team with expertise in the area of thinking and memory decline, and dementia. You can expect to be reviewed by a geriatrician and a range of other health professionals who will work with you and your loved ones to not only diagnose the cause of your symptoms but also provide ongoing assistance and support.