How should we go about supporting people with Dementia?
Dementia is hard for people, to treat but also diagnose. There is no one test to identify if someone has Dementia. However, changes in memory are not healthy at any age. If you see a dramatic difference in consciousness or behaviour in yourself or a loved one it is essential to see your local GP. Early detection means earlier planning and treatment which can make the process a lot easier. However, if it is a loved one, making them see their GP and believe they have the condition is sometimes the hardest part. There is a chance they will deny anything is wrong due to the brain changes or they are scared of the reality of them having Dementia and what that means for the future. One of the best ways to overcome this problem is suggesting to go to the doctor for an entirely different issue. This way, at least you have them at the doctor's office.
There are many support services out there for people who are struggling. Information about support services is available at fightdementia.org.au or by calling the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.
Follow the link for a Caregivers Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviours