Dementia - Early signs from Home Instead Peterborough

This week I wanted to go through some of the early warning signs that our ageing parents may display if they are struggling with the beginnings of dementia. This is because Dementia is still, unfortunately, relatively common and is something we should be aware of as our parent’s age. According to the NHS, one in 14 people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over the age of 80. So just being aware of some of the signs can make life easier in the longer term. 

It seems the signs are very individual however, there are some common early warning signs we can look out for. These tend to appear sometime before a diagnosis of dementia. The main signs are:

-Memory loss
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Difficulty in concentrating
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Mood changes
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Struggling to find the correct word or even follow a conversation
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Struggling with daily tasks and getting confused over them
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Being confused about where they are and what time it is

These changes are not a natural sign of ageing and are why it is essential to get your ageing parents GP involved. Often when these signs are mild, they are classed as not being ‘serious enough’ to formally diagnose your ageing parents with dementia. The term used when symptoms are mild is ‘mild cognitive impairment’ or MCI for short. Not everyone will notice their ageing parents having these symptoms, and in fact, it is possible that these symptoms will remain mild; however, in some older people, it will go on to develop into dementia. 

Here at Home Instead Peterborough, we know the importance of our elderly loved ones wanting to stay as independent as possible in their own homes. This is why knowing these early warning signs is important, so the right home care support can be put in place early enough to not cause any distress later down the line. Establishing home care as part of your ageing parents daily routine helps those with memory loss to remain independent. 

We have developed a unique training programme for our CAREGivers which is accredited by City & Guilds and specialised for the home environment. Developed by leading experts in ageing and dementia from around the world, it helps our CAREGivers to provide the best quality home care possible using different strategies to support the person living with dementia. Our relationship-centred home care support that we offer, enables our home care workers in and around Peterborough to help your elderly loved ones to remain safe in their own homes. The home care support we offer actively encourages confidence building and creates a great opportunity for social engagement which is vital for our mental health and wellbeing. 

If you would like to know more about the home care support we offer around Peterborough or to find out more about the training we provide our CAREGivers, do feel free to give us a call on 01733 333342 or email me on Amy.Kennedy@homeinstead.co.uk.

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