Finding out what is wrong is the first step to getting help.
Have you become concerned about increasing lapses in memory, or other changes in your thinking or behavior?
Changes in memory and thinking have a number of possible causes that may include
stres, depression, pain, chronic illness, medication or alcohol and sometimes early dementia. Major changes in memory are not normal at any age and should be taken seriously.
If you are experiencing these kinds of difficulties, it is better to see your doctor sooner rather than later.
Talking to your doctor
There is no single specific test that can show whether someone has dementia. A diagnosis is made by talking to you and perhaps a relative or friend to find out more about your difficulties with memory and thinking. You will also need a physical and neurological examination which will look at all other possible causes.
During the visit:
* Take your list of concerns with you – it will provide a useful basis for further discussion and tests.
* Talk to your doctor about your concerns honestly and openly, including how long you have been experiencing these problems.
* Bring a list of the medications that you are taking including the doses (or bring all your tablets in a bag). Don’t forget inhalers, creams, herbal medications and vitamins.
Remember, you can:
* Ask for a longer appointment
* Take a relative or friend with you
* Ask questions and request further explanations if you don’t understand
* Take notes during the visit
* Discuss the option of further assessment by a specialist
The earlier you act, the better..
Your symptoms may not be caused by dementia, but if they are, earlier diagnosis will be helpful. An early diagnosis means that you can have access to support, information and medication.
People with a diagnosis of dementia should have an opportunity to participate in planning the rest of their lives and their finances as well as indicating their wishes regarding future care.
I have included herewith a short video clip about “Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias” You might find the info useful, if not for yourself, maybe for someone you know.
Be well always,
Rowell Bulan M.D.
Your Guide To HomeHealth Care