Friday, 17 May 2019 09:57

What are the Benefits of Knowing as Soon as Possible?

So, we know enough to be aware that, as of now, there is no cure for Dementia. There is no stopping it, no slowing it down. So what is the point? What possible difference can it make to KNOW for sure?

No one wants to admit that they or someone they care about could have such a devastating condition and even though you're worried, you might think it's useless to get a diagnosis because there's no cure. But ignoring it isn't going to make it go away. There are important reasons you NEED to know.  What are the early signs of dementia 1280x565

 A proper diagnosis will improve your loved one's quality of life. As we've discussed, it might not be dementia at all. There are many treatable health conditions that can cause dementia-like symptoms. It could be something as simple as a (UTI) urinary tract infection. No one should have to lose the quality of life because of something that could be treated.

Early diagnosis means that treatment can begin right away. Medications and lifestyle changes are often more effective in the early stages and can reduce or delay the onset of more severe symptoms. These medications are not the medications that will "turn your loved one into a zombie", these simply help with the chemical process, so your loved one can continue to function normally.

Maybe most importantly, early diagnosis gives your loved one control over their own future. While they still have good cognitive function, they can make key decisions about their future care and finances, like choosing someone to be power of attorney and signing essential legal documents. They can share their end-of-life wishes. Which, in turn, give their family the peace of mind that they are not guessing, fretting or arguing about what they think their loved one would want when that time comes.

Also, with early diagnosis of dementia, your loved one will still have time to work on their "bucket list" items, fulfilling lifelong dreams, if possible, while they still can.

With a specific diagnosis, you can find the information you need to understand and manage the day to day challenges. When you don't know what's causing strange behaviors and symptoms, it's tough to find support and resources to deal with what is happening. It's scary, but facing it head-on gives everyone time to plan for the future and find support.

That's what we are here for. Support for the family. Day - or days of care. Whatever you need, whenever you need it.

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