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When To Worry It Could Be The Beginning Of Dementia

As you are getting older, forgetfulness slowly creeps in and might become part of you. You might begin to misplace your house or car keys, money and any other item. If you realise that forgetting is no longer a small-time habit but the new trend, it is high time for you to start considering that it could be dementia. Below are five informative things you should know about the condition and help ease any strain.

1. First Know What Dementia Is

There are a number of misconceptions in relation to dementia as the general tendency is linking it directly to forgetfulness. “Dementia” is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms caused by different diseases which include diabetes, mid-life hypertension, mid-life obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and depression. The signs of dementia include memory loss, confusion and personality change. Forgetfulness is therefore not an absolute sign that you have dementia.

2. Forgetfulness Itself Is Not Dementia

It’s normal to become a little bit more forgetful as you age, but this memory impairment is different to dementia. Only one in three people over the 65+ age group develop dementia. Forgetfulness can either be a sign of ageing or a hint that you might be developing dementia. Research shows that 44% of dementia cases go undiagnosed as symptoms might be viewed as normal forgetfulness. So the next time you notice a tendency of serious memory loss, it is wise to visit a doctor for diagnosis.

3. Dementia Is More Than Just Memory Loss

The tendency that most people have when it comes to dementia is associating it with memory loss, but it affects people in a variety of ways. Individuals developing dementia tends to change behavioural traits; they become loud if they were quiet, vice versa. It might also lead to confusion and disorientation, delusions and hallucinations, difficulty communicating, problems judging speeds and distances and even cravings for particular foods. Simply put, experiences of dementia are different so it is always wise to be on the look-out.

4. Dementia Isn’t Inevitable To Age

Yes, dementia affects the majority of the ageing individuals who are 65+, but it does not necessarily mean that the condition affects everyone in that age group. This means that dementia is not a normal part of getting older. The likelihood of developing dementia rises with age, but it’s not a given than an older person will develop it. It is hard to believe but true though that individuals under the age of 65 might also suffer from dementia.


5. Life Goes On Even If One Has Dementia.

The usual tendency people adopt when they know that a loved one has dementia is to conclude that he or she’s life is ruined and will slowly become redundant. This image is often bleak and distorted. A person with dementia can continue to lead an active, healthy life, continue his or her hobbies, and enjoy loving friendships and relationships. Of course, dementia makes it harder to do certain things, but with adequate support and knowledge from family and friends, a person with dementia can get the best out of life.

 

At Corporate 24 Medical Aid, we understand that the older generation are the driving force and anchor of our homes. With our Two to Five Star Plans which also cater for the 65+ age group, we ensure that we are covering everyone in more ways than one.

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