Proactive measures for any kind of dementia
But in addition to these specialized therapies, there are some approaches that make good sense for any kind of dementia and that can be implemented right away, at the first sign of trouble.
Look for early signs. Some memory loss is a normal part of aging, and it can be difficult in the early stages to tell the difference between this normal decline and a more serious problem. Misplacing an item or forgetting a word now and then is not a cause for concern in itself. If forgetfulness seems to interfere with your daily activities, though—or if your loved ones express concern—it’s time to see a doctor.
Seek diagnosis. Diagnosis of the cause of dementia symptoms is a very rapidly developing science. As discussed above, a diagnosis opens the door to treatments and therapies that can improve life.
Make a care plan, including a support team. Planning for the future can have wonderful effects on the present. For most people, the prospect of dementia causes anxiety. Anxiety often responds well to the reassurance of a good plan for the future. Exploring the wide range of services available for people with dementia can help you both prepare for the future and set your mind at ease in the now.