The value of early dementia care and support

Dementia is a life-changing condition, not just for the person diagnosed but also for close family and friends. Approximately 900,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK. With that number expected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040, it’s important to be aware of the early signs of the condition and the value of an early diagnosis. 

Keep reading to learn about why getting an early diagnosis of dementia is important and how we can support you with dementia care in Chadwell Heath, Romford

What is dementia?

Dementia is a progressive disease caused by abnormal changes in the brain. The condition can affect a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and impede their independence, as well as interfere with their ability to think clearly, remember, reason, communicate and problem-solve. In addition to a gradual decline in cognitive function, a person diagnosed with dementia may also experience abrupt mood changes or exhibit aggressive behaviour. While it typically affects people over the age of 65, it is not considered a normal part of ageing. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. 

Early signs of dementia

As it’s natural to sometimes misplace our car keys or struggle to remember a name as we age, the early signs of dementia are not always easy to spot. Also, as changes in the early stages of dementia are typically gradual, they can often be mistaken for normal ageing. This is why dementia may go undiagnosed for several years. 

So, what do you look for? If a person has dementia, they may forget the names of close family and friends, or get lost in familiar neighbourhoods. They may also struggle to follow conversations, start to repeat things or suddenly find coordination challenging. For example, they may put things in the wrong place or have trouble tying their shoes. All of this can be accompanied by significant changes in behaviour, judgement and mood. 

The benefits of an early diagnosis

Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming, emotional and difficult for all involved. Reactions can range from dismay to anger or despair. However, an early diagnosis can also bring a sense of relief, finally providing the answers to changes in behaviour, memory and communication. It also enables access to the right services and support as early as possible. This allows people to plan and prepare for the challenges ahead, and take control of their condition while they are still able to be actively involved. 

Our specialist dementia care services

We provide specialist dementia care that’s rooted in providing emotional and mental support. Our staff is specially trained in dementia care, and our home has a designated sensory room. We also regularly run reminiscence and recall sessions. Finally, as we are long-term members of Dementia Friends and the Alzheimer’s Society, we are fully informed about the latest information and medical advances in dementia care.

Get in touch 

Have you or a loved one been recently diagnosed with dementia? We are here to support you in whatever way we can, no matter where you are on your journey. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or give us a call on either 0800 999 8499 or 0208 597 4175. Our friendly staff would be happy to answer any of your questions or help in whatever way we can.