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6th April 2016

Worried that a loved one may be developing dementia? Here’s what to do first.

Dementia is not an inevitable part of aging, but it is a disease associated with age, so with an increasingly aging population, it is no surprise that more people are living with the condition.  So, if you suspect a loved one is developing dementia, what should you do?

The first step is to arrange to visit your GP to see if your suspicions are right.  This may seem obvious, but the Alzheimer’s Society calculates that fewer than half the people with dementia in the UK have a diagnosis.  They also say that diagnosis rates vary across the country, ranging from 32% in Herefordshire to 75% in Corby.

If many people with dementia are living without a formal diagnosis, you may wonder if getting an official ‘label’ helps.  “A diagnosis means you can be signposted through the NHS,” says Terrablu Home Care’s Managing Director, Richard Gould.  “It also means you can talk about potential medication.  What’s on offer and best prescribing practise is constantly reviewed, but there are drugs available that may delay the progress of the disease, but you need an official diagnosis to be able to explore this option.”

Dementia is never far from the headlines these days, but – with the right care and support – many people with dementia continue to live fulfilling lives.  When the time is right, our expert home care teams in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks are here as part of the jigsaw of care you need to help your loved one enjoy the best possible quality of life.

A diagnosis of dementia is just the start of the next stage of your journey together.  If you or your loved one have had that diagnosis, we’re happy to share our expertise in a no-obligation discussion to help you plan for the future.