There is no good news where this illness is concerned.
I often wonder if there are people who have as little information as I, who are too scared to Google but still want to know.
I have spent some time today looking through a reliable website, gathering the basics.
For the me from a decade ago, here you are. There is no good news, there is no preparation – there is only ever this day.
One day at a time, my love. Just one day at a time.
You can have more than one type of Dementia at a time (mixed Dementia).
The most common – usually develops over several years. Some of the early symptoms may include;
- Trouble remembering recent events, familiar faces and names
- Frequently asking the same question repeatedly
- Misplacing items or putting them in an odd place
- Being uncertain about the date and time
- Being unsure of where they are and getting lost
- Not being able to find the right words
- Having a low mood, feeling anxious and irritable. Losing interest and self confidence
Symptoms later on may include;
- A larger decline in remembering things and having trouble making decisions
- Communication and language skills become worse
- Trouble recognising household appliances and familiar faces
- Day to day routines get harder to complete
- Changes to sleep patterns
- Possible hallucinations
- May become unsteady on their feet
The second most common type of Dementia – caused when blood flow to the brain is restricted. Possibly by a stroke or several miniature strokes over time. Symptoms may include;
- Trouble with their thinking skills – struggling to process information, planning, reasoning and poor attention skills
- Personality changes – depression, perhaps becoming more emotional than ‘normal’ and becoming less interested in things
- Problems with their movements
- Bladder problems – most common in the elderly
In later stages, people may need help with eating, dressing and toileting.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
This type of Dementia is caused by small round clumps of protein building up into nerve cells in the brain. Some of the symptoms can also be found in Parkinson’s Dementia. Symptoms can include;
- Change in alertness, attention, confusion
- Change in behaviour, very unpredictable and can change from hour to hour
- Slow movements, muscle stiffness, tremors
- Frequent visual hallucinations that are very well formed and realistic.
- Sleep disturbances
- Fainting, unsteadiness and possible higher risk for falls
In later stages people may need help with dressing, eating, moving and toileting.