When a loved one or a friend starts to show signs of memory loss or other behaviours that are considered out of the normal for them, people often ask other people or their GP for advice. Unfortunately dementia is very misunderstood and the advice, yes even from a doctor, is not always correct. Dementia is not a normal part of ageing and neither is struggling with activities in everyday life that never used to be a problem. There are many different types of dementia and all of them have different symptoms.

 

Normal Ageing

NOT Normal Ageing

  • Some Memory Loss
  • Slower Response
    Times
  • Mild Mood
    Fluctuations
  • Decreased Social Response
  • Cognitive Disruption
    – Driving
    – Financial
    – Planning
  • Mood Changes
    – Depression
    – Agitation
    – Aggression
  • Repetitive Questioning
  • Repetitive Story Telling
  • A decrease in Hygiene Routines

How can we help:

Support Material for the home – For many people living with dementia they can benefit greatly from whiteboards with instructions, labels on cupboards or appliances and specialised dementia clocks. We can help arrange these items upon appraisal of the situation.

Family Consultations – Our Dementia Care Specialist team is headed up by Theresa Bates, the founder of The Dementia Support Network of WA. Theresa has a university degree in dementia care and ten years lived experience.  We will meet with the family to discuss any concerns they may have in regards to their family member living with dementia, answer questions that others may not like to do but are so very important like driving, managing financial matters, guardianship, power of attorney and the likely trajectory of the disease and much more. Even if your family member is undiagnosed but you are having early concerns it is the best time to get the right advice.

Here is an example of a family who have recently become aware of their father’s dementia (just a little late for some parts)

“For us we didn’t fully realise until after dad’s official diagnosis but when we look back we now can see things that were happening. His super fund brought up concerns with me regarding how much he had withdrawn in the last 12 months, his diabetes got out of control and he was hospitalised due to forgetting his to take his medication. Basically financial issues happening up to three years prior to diagnosis $480,000 in debt with four banks, I remember him getting lost a couple of times, not washing clothes as much – he was always immaculate in his personal and home surroundings but his dress and hygiene has started to decline and this was all pre-diagnosis”.

These appointments are generally for 1 -1.5 hours.  If you would like to organise a meeting with Theresa,

Call: 0438951884 or email: info@thedementiasupportnetworkofwa.com.au

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