Dementia: suffering in more darkness
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. The catch is in the phrase “severe enough to interfere with daily life.”
The catch within the phrase is the word “interfere.” I sincerely doubt that having a senior’s moment, often referred to a “brain fart” like trying to change the channel on your T.V. using you dial pad on your land line telephone really interferes with your daily life.
Starting your house on fire by leaving an unattended pot on your stove with the burner on high will definitely interfere with your daily life.
My understanding, is that dementia is caused by damaged brain cells which do not allow cells in a specific area to communicate properly. While this cannot be reversed using existing treatments, it can be delayed, or even improved by some.
As the issue gets worse, one or all of the symptoms increase.
Further, there are may kinds of dementia, each with may stages and set backs. It is important to note that that while many people have memory problems, most are not actually dementia.
A protein that normally folds in a way that its ends dislike each other, helps to stabilize microtubules, the skeletons of axons. When they mis-fold, the ends stick together and the skeletons crumble.
That is what constitutes the main issue for nine neurodegenerative diseases. Scientists are on the threshold of developing ways to defeat and treat the issue.
Professional evaluation, as soon as possible is very important. Ignoring dementia, or hoping it will go away is not an option!
The tough issue for relatives and friends who must get involved is that responses to their efforts to help are not often well received by the person needing it. Volunteering for clinical trials or planning for the future should be seriously considered.
There is no one test to confirm the illness. Following are some major culprits that may be the cause: depression, medication side effects, thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies, cardiovascular issues, poor physical fitness and diet, and alcohol abuse:
Memory issues like communication - language - ability to focus - attention span - reasoning - judgement and visual perception problems are often noted.
Examples of short term memory loss like losing a purse or wallet, scrambled efforts at bill paying or banking, difficulty planning or preparing meals, missing appointments or getting lost in unfamiliar surroundings should be taken seriously.
Almost 48 million people suffer from dementia world wide. A new case is diagnosed every 4 seconds.
Help for those supporting loved ones with dementia is available at the 24 /7 helpline: 1800-272-3900.
If involved with dementia, remember, to pave the way for calm, reasonable communication by first finding healthy outlets for your negative feelings. Also, as William M. Dixon said; “The facts of the present won’t sit still for a portrait. They are constantly vibrating, full of chatter and confusion.” Again, hugs never hurt when darkness sets in.