The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes can often be small to start with but over time can become severe enough to affect everyday life. A person with dementia may also experience a change in their mood or behaviour.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK and there is clear evidence that this is on the increase. Dementia is normally caused when there is damage to the neurons in the brain. Once the brain cells are damaged they lose the ability to communicate with other cells leading to dysfunction. The symptoms that an individual with dementia may experience depends on the part of the brain that is damaged.
Signs and symptoms of dementia can be:
- Day to day memory – difficulty in recalling events that have happened
- Difficulty in concentrating, planning or organising, making decisions, problem-solving or carrying out tasks.
- Language – difficulties in following a conversation or finding the right word for something
- Visuospatial skills – problems judging distancing and seeing objects in three dimensions.
- Orientation – losing track of the day/date or becoming confused about where they are.
Having dementia can be hard not only for you but for your friends and family. The illness is a slow process making the grieving process of losing a loved one, a slow and painful process, as the person who once knew may have changed or become unrecognisable.
If you are suffering from dementia, you may be feeling sad and frustrated at the fact this is happening to you. You might be worried about your future and may even be worried about your family and friends.
How I can help you
Whether you are suffering from dementia, or you are a family member or friend, Kruti St Helen at Be U Counselling Service based in Poole can help you. We can not cure the illness but counselling can provide a safe space where you can come to terms with the diagnosis and learn to accept and manage the changes that illness brings in your life.
I offer a free 30 minute, no obligation session where you can come and meet me, ask me questions or use it as a short counselling session to get a feel for what to commit to. This session will give you the opportunity to discover if you feel comfortable working with me and are able to build a therapeutic relationship with me which is important for counselling to take place. If after the 30 minutes, you are happy and would like to continue the counselling sessions, I will book you in for an assessment session where we will set out a therapeutic contract.