Dementia is an illness that affects the brain and is not a natural part of ageing.
Dementia can affect adults of any age, but it is more common in those aged 65 and above.
Today, there are 28,000 people aged 60 years and above with dementia. By 2030, there will be 80,000 persons with dementia. In the recent Well-being of the Singapore Elderly (WiSE) nationwide study, the prevalence of dementia was found to be 10% in the elderly population aged 60 years and above.
There are different types of dementia, each with different causes and symptoms. Being aware of the common types and their diagnosis could help you to better cater to your loved one's needs.
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There are several stages of dementia, with the experience different for each person. In all types of dementia, memory problems are the early signs. The deterioration in cognitive skills is gradual and in later stages, daily activities will become increasingly challenging without assistance.
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How can you differentiate the normal ageing process from the symptoms of dementia?
Learn how you can keep your mind active and lower the risk of developing dementia.
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If you suspect your loved one is suffering from dementia, or displaying the described signs and symptoms, you should get them properly diagnosed and treated. However, starting a conversation with someone on the issue of memory loss and possibly dementia may require sensitive consideration.
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Presently, there is no cure for dementia. There are, however, drugs that may help improve mental function, mood or behaviour and slow down the symptomatic progression of the disease. Although slight improvements or stabilisation of symptoms can at times be seen, these ultimately do not put a stop to the disease or restore mental health. Read about the medications used to relieve some symptoms of dementia
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All About Dementia
If your loved one has dementia, you will notice changes in their behaviour. Caregivers like yourself may find it difficult to cope with these challenges.
Dementia affects not only your loved one's ability to remember, but can cause them to behave differently. In certain cases, behaviour linked to dementia, such as aggression or wandering, can be a cause for concern.
Here are some tips, prepared in handy PDF formats, for caregivers on how they can offer care to their loved ones who wish to continue staying in the community and enjoy their regular activities.
Learn about the different ways a person in the different stages of dementia talks to others, and how you can respond when communicating with them.
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
Keeping track of your loved one’s signs and symptoms of dementia can help you identify the condition’s progression.
Dementia affects 1 in 10 people aged 60 and older. As our population ages quickly, dementia is an issue we cannot ignore
How You Can Play A Part
Here are some different roles individuals and organisations can play to make Singapore and communities more supportive for persons with dementia and their loved ones.
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