Dementia Awareness

Are you concerned about yourself, a relative or maybe a friend's recent memory? We have a simple test to complete here at the surgery.

Memory problems

If you are concerned about yourself, a relative or maybe a friend's recent memory, then we have a simple test to complete here at the surgery.

Please ask at reception and this can be organised.

Dementia Awareness

Only around 40% of people with dementia are currently being identified. Dementia is a term used to describe a collection symptom, including decline of memory, reasoning and communication skills.

It can lead to a gradual loss of skills needed to carry out daily activities. These are covered by structural and chemical changes in the brain. There are different types:

- Alzheimer's Disease

This is the most common type of dementia. The changes in structure and chemicals cause cells to die
In the early stages of Alzheimer's behavioural changes may be small i.e. they may start forgetting things or repeating themselves more often than usual
In the middle stages, activities, activities of daily living, dressing or using the toilet may become a problem
Eventually, there may be difficulty swallowing and eating.

- Vascular Dementia

This condition is usually caused by strokes or small blood vessel disease, which affects the oxygen supply to the brain. The symptoms can be related to strokes or from confusion and this may mean physical disability or communication problems
This condition can be due to a single stroke episode (single infarct dementia) or multiple (multi-infarct dementia). This condition may also be progressive.

- Fronto-temporal Dementia

This type of dementia is more rare and includes a condition like "picks" disease. This can affect people under 65 years old. Initially, the memory could be good but the personality changes. Also the person may become more forgetful.

-Dementia with Lewy bodies

This is uncommon, but is due to protein deposits inside the brain which can affect the brain's normal functioning, affecting the person's memory, concentration and skills. This type has symptoms similar to those of Parkinson's disease such as slowness or tremors.

 

Alzheimer's Dementia Carer's Support - Black Sluice Cottages, London Rd, Boston PE21 7RA
Alzheimer's Society, Lincolnshire - Tel: 01522 692681

Dementia Cafe Boston - Len Medlock Centre, St. Georges Road, Boston PE21 8YB

Drop in support group - Black Sluice Cottages, London Rd, Boston PE21 7RA

Memory Music Boston - Mayfield House Care Centre, Broadfield Lane, Boston PE21 8DY - A social singing and music group

National Dementia Helpline - Tel: 0300 222 1122