The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they can become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia can also experience changes in their mood and behaviour.
According to the Alzheimer's society there are 800,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK and there is clear evidence that this on the increase. Dementia is caused when there is damage to the neurons in the brain and once the brain cells are injured they then lose their ability to communicate with other cells leading to dysfunction. The symptoms that an individual with dementia may experience will depend on the part of the brain that are damaged.
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia can be;
- Day to day memory, such as difficulty in recalling events that have happened recently.
- Difficulty in concentrating, planning or organising, such as making decisions, problem solving or carrying out tasks.
- Language, such as difficulties in following a conversation or finding the right word for something
- Visuospatial skills, such as problems judging distances and seeing objects in three dimensions
- Orientation, such as losing track of the day or date or becoming confused about where they are.
Coming to terms with the diagnosis off dementia can be extremely hard, not just for you but for your friends and family members. The illness is a slow process making the grieving process of losing your loved one slow.
If your suffering from dementia, you may be feeling sad and frustrated at the fact that this is happening to you. You might be worried about the future and may even be worried about your family and your friends. If you are a family member or friend of someone who is suffering from dementia. You may be finding it hard to deal with the loss of your loved one or you may be finding it hard to meet the needs of your loved one.
Whatever the issue and whether you are the one suffering from dementia or you are a family member or friend, Be U Counselling Service based in Poole, Dorset can help you. We will not be able to cure the illness but counselling can provide a safe space where you can learn to come to terms with the diagnosis. It can help you to manage the change that the illnesses brings in your life.