As we get older, it’s normal to find that our memory isn’t what it used to be. But dementia is a specific syndrome of related symptoms such as a decline in ability to think, understand, make judgments, articulate and remember things. Often those affected will experience trouble controlling their emotions or behaving appropriately in social situations. And it doesn’t only affect the elderly – early on-set dementia can affect younger people too.
Another common confusion is ‘what is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?’. The simplified answer is that dementia is an umbrella term for a common group of symptoms caused by illnesses including Alzheimer’s, Binswanger's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Huntington's disease. It can also be caused by ageing, stroke and even advanced multiple sclerosis and severe alcoholism.
||Even if you are still managing to look after your loved one at home, being a carer can be demanding, difficult and exhausting.
Making the right care choices is crucial for everyone involved. At Waypoints we cater for the different forms and stages of dementia. For example, we provide a dedicated unit specifically for younger residents who are still largely independent. Another is for people with much more acute symptoms and a far greater care requirement. What we don’t do is expect one system to fit all.
Even if you are still managing to look after your loved one at home, being a carer can be demanding, difficult and exhausting. At Waypoints we offer respite care so that you can take a much-needed break or go on holiday, while your friend or relative enjoys a friendly, stimulating stay with us for anything from one night to a few weeks.
If you’re worried about a loved one – or even about yourself - your GP can help make the appropriate assessments and care recommendations.