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Diagnosing Dementia - DEMO


Importance of Early Diagnosis of Dementia

Everyday life circumstances lead to many changes in our personality and attitudes. Noticing which changes are routine everyday occurrences verses changes that could be related to health care issues is a topic we need to educate ourselves in. The early symptoms of dementia can include changes in personality, memory difficulties, finding the right words to use, changes in behavior, lack of initiative, and the disinterest in taking care of oneself. If a person notices these signs in a family member or friend, it will be important to see medical help for the cause and significance of these problems.

Obtaining the diagnosis of dementia can be a long, difficult, and intensive process. Circumstances differ from person-to-person but everyone has an obligation to themselves to a thorough and prompt assessment of conditions from a medical professional. The process should include appropriate explanations of symptoms and progression, sensitive communication techniques, sufficient information for the clients to make appropriate choices about the future, access to support services that can aid the client and ongoing care if the need arises. This and much more will be discussed throughout this class.

Watch the following video on the explanation of early signs and how to help care for someone with Dementia:

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