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The Insidious Disease Alzheimers Dementia, It has taken me quite a time to be able to write this story. My story: and this is often typed through tears.
I have found my memories of my journey as a carer of a parent with Dementia and everything that goes with it. Has faded somewhat. My memories of my mother have not, nor those of residents I cared for while working in Aged Care.
My mother passed away from a Heart Attack in 2008, 6 years after being diagnosed with Frontal Lobe Temporal Dementia or Picks Disease. Also Alzheimers Dementia, and at a later stage Capgras Delusion Syndrome. These are Mixed Dementia Symptoms.
The Insidious Disease Alzheimers Dementia
In this blog post on the Insidious Disease Alzheimers Dementia I wanted to write on what led to my first suspicions of my mothers memory loss.Though in reality the symptoms have been there long before anyone really notices. The person in the early stages of any Dementia can be very clever at hiding the symptoms.
Suspicions of my mothers memory loss
For me it was during our phone calls. At the time I was cooking in a aged care facility and interacted with many residents who had dementia. So I became more aware of dementia symptoms both hands on and reading. With my mothers phone calls It became more and more noticeable that she was forgetting what she was talking about. Or I would hear repeated stories of what had been lost or misplaced.
Mom would call my dad to the phone to answer my questions for her. I knew this was not right and that I would have to tackle the subject with my dad. Fortunately, in one way mom brought the subject up herself. Unfortunately the Gerontologist mom saw misdiagnosed at the time and you can read about that here
Mental Decline Deterioration
But what other kinds of things do we look for when we become suspicious that something is not quite right. Here are just a few ideas. Lost possessions, multiple purchases of the same food items and the forgetting of recent events. My mother was forgetting how to cook long used recipes, despite having cooked them for years.
For the person with Dementia these everyday tasks that we take for granted start to decline. Remembering becomes a problem,tasks like shopping,working, perhaps playing golf may seem a struggle.
What Does Cognitive Impairment mean
So Alzheimers Dementia in fact any type of Dementia, is a cognitive Impairment. It has so many and varying symptoms. This is depending on the type and of which stage the person is at. Dementia is a brain disease.
Dementia Disease is severe changes in the brain, that change a persons cognitive functions, but what does Cognitive Impairment mean. Cognitive Impairment is A decline in memory of remembering and thinking about, the things we do every day. This is in everything we do automatically. Thinking, working, making decisions, from learning new tasks to cooking a meal at night.
Forgetting recent events: please remember there is normal short term memory loss that comes about with ageing, other illnesses and some medications. Happens to us all.
Early Signs Symptoms Dementia
Mum was a fantastic cook many of her recipes were in her head, something we all do after using a recipe repeatedly. Suddenly she would ask what she had to do next or be standing looking lost not knowing what to do next.
You may notice at times a stumbling over the words trying to be used in a sentence or the forgetting of your name. Though mum was further into a later stage when this happened to me.
I don’t recall mum saying that she ever got lost while driving but it can happen. Most often though my dad drove. I can remember clearly mums increasing frustration another symptom of this disease, anger is also another part
Alzheimer Disease Association
I highly recommend whether you think you may have Alzheimers or are a Caregiver for someone with Dementia do contact your closest Alzheimers Association. I found so much care and support from mine they are a invaluable resource.
Do I have Dementia
Though you may have Dementia like symptoms there is a big possibility that you do not have Dementia, as I wrote earlier. This is why it is important to visit your GP, take a list with your symptoms and what questions you want to ask.
Best Books Dementia
I am currently reading “What The Hell Happened To My Brain
This is a true story by Kate Swaffer. Kate suffers from Early Onset Dementia, that is people at a very young age who are stricken with this disease.
If you have Dementia of any description I feel you will gain much help and perhaps a clearer idea of what this disease is all about.