There are different types of dementia
, which can be caused by different illnesses. ‘Dementia’ is the name given to the shared symptoms of these illnesses, and these symptoms affect a person’s memory, thoughts, and mood, often worsening over time.
Dementia is more common in people over 60 years old, but it is not considered a ‘normal’ part of ageing. People in their 30s to 60s can get dementia, which is called younger onset dementia.
The illnesses responsible for dementia can cause other symptoms and health problems that aren’t seen in all types of dementia. For example, those with Parkinson’s disease will have problems moving their body, tremors (shaking), stiffness, and trouble speaking.
Dementia has a significant effect on people with this condition. People suffering dementia may become dependent on others to perform basic tasks, and may behave very differently to the way they did before symptoms began. This means dementia also has a big impact on the lives of families and carers.
Getting diagnosed early makes it easier to get the right home support services and home care packages supports in place.