Dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting a person's intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. It's caused by conditions or changes in the brain.

What is it?

  • Dementia isn't a specific disease. Instead, it describes a group of symptoms affecting a person's ability to think and interact socially.
  • Memory loss usually occurs in dementia, but memory loss alone doesn't mean you have dementia. Dementia indicates problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss along with impaired judgment or language.

How do I recognise it?

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Inability to learn or remember new information
  • Difficulty with planning and organizing
  • Difficulty with coordination and motor functions
  • Personality changes
  • Inability to reason
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations

Causes

There are many causes to dementia, and lots of different diseases can cuase it.

Progressive dementias

Other disorders linked to dementia

How do you treat it?

Like any disease, even if there is no cure, there is almost always something you can do to manage it and take control. There are three main areas involved in the treatment of any disease:

For information on medicines and therapies relevant to Dementia, make an appointment at Lynch's pharmacy, Broadale, Douglas, Cork on 021-4366923.

Learn all about the drugs used to treat the disease and any complementary medicines or therapies proven to help. Equip yourself with the tools to manage the condition and not be managed by it.

How do you live with it?

Certain adjustments may be needed to get on with your life, and often, some simple tips and advice can go a long way to making these changes. 

When you come to a Lynch's Pharmacy Clinic, we provide you all the necessary information available to make your life more manageable and enable you to better live with your condition.

References

Dementia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia

http://www.cks.nhs.uk/patient_information_leaflet/dementia