In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we all forget things. Sometimes we come across stories of distraction from those we know around us. When these things of forgetting become the focus of the lives of our older loved ones, then we begin to investigate memory loss.
The brain has sections, each of which is responsible for different functions (e.g. memory, judgment and movement). When cells in a particular region are damaged, that region cannot perform its normal functions.
Dementia is a common name given to many diseases where forgetfulness is at the forefront. Dementia as the word meaning is derived from the Latin word mens meaning mind. Dementia means losing the mind. Dementia disease is caused by damage to brain cells. This damage inhibits the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells fail to communicate normally, thinking, behavior and emotions can be affected.
It’s Expected To Reach 152 Million!
According to World Health Organization (WHO) data, there are around 50 million people with dementia worldwide and 60% of them live in low and middle income countries. About 10 million new cases of dementia are seen each year. With the ageing of society, the total number of dementia patients is projected to reach 82 million by 2030 and 152 million by 2050.
If you are experiencing memory problems or impaired thinking skills, you should see a specialist as soon as possible to determine the cause. Although symptoms indicate irreversible dementia; early diagnosis allows a person to make the most of the treatments available. It also gives you time to plan for the future.
Step 1: Note what you observe.
Write for clear examples of memory problems or impairments in thinking skills.
My mom lost her way home from the grocery store last week. He’s used the same path for years.
My dad forgot to eat in the oven, and hours later, I found it.
My wife has been handing out all the drawers lately, and she never finds what she’s looking for. She was a very organized woman.
Although my wife is an accountant, she has been having a lot of problems lately with the ranking of paying bills.
Step 2: Notice the stress-inducing events on the life course.
When did you first notice the memory distortions? Did these changes evolve slowly on the day, or did they occur suddenly? Was there any drug use during this period? Has there been a major change in one’s life recently? (House change, job loss, death etc.)
Step 3: Share your concerns.
Share your concern about her with the person you’re observing her memory loss in loving and sensitive language. Tell me about your observations. In response, they may say that you are lying or exaggerating. Don’t argue, make a note of this on the paper you write your observations on. Tell them about dementia and suggest going to the doctor together.
Step 4: The process of going to the doctor
If your relative agrees to go to the doctor, ask him to choose a doctor and arrange an appointment. If he continues to decline his status, suggest making an appointment instead. Ask her again to go on a date together. If he does not agree, make your observations into a letter and ask him to take the letter to the doctor or go to the doctor with another. If he doesn’t agree again, tell him you can have a preliminary interview with the family doctor.
The causes of memory problems can sometimes be easy to deal with, such as vitamin B 12 deficiency, sleep problems, drug interactions and urinary tract infections, but sometimes the cause can be caused by much more complex problems. The family physician who has outlined your relative may refer you to another specialist for a more detailed assessment.
Step 5: Respect.
When you go to the doctor, don’t speak for him. Don’t make sentences like he wasn’t there. Let him speak first and explain himself. Remember that it is very important for the doctor to listen to the story from the patient’s mouth and that the patient should trust the doctor. If you are too involved in the process, a doctor-patient relationship may not occur and the patient may be reluctant to go to subsequent interviews. After the patient has finished talking to the doctor, kindly tell him that you want to make a few additions.
And remember, there is no definitive way to prevent dementia, but some changes in living standards can delay the onset of dementia or slow its progression.