Dementia is the cruellest illness of all – the gradual decline in memory that robs the person who suffers from it as well as the family of the last years of their life is a heart-breaking and currently uncurable disease.
Although a lot of research is being done into the illness and various treatment options and even preventative treatments are being devised, as of yet there is no cure for this most horrible of illnesses.
It can be difficult to tell in the early stages of the illness if somebody is suffering from it, but this can lead to the diagnosis being made only after the person has done something dangerous due to a lapse in memory. When this happens, the person should move to a specialised place such as Notaro homes care home Taunton where they can be kept safe and cared for by professionals.
There are stages to dementia, and during stage one and two, many people may not notice any problem. Stage one has no outward symptoms, and stage two can be put down often to normal age-related forgetfulness, such as losing car keys.
By stage three, many people will start to notice things are not quite right – you may notice increased forgetfulness, such as repeating the same conversations, and difficulty with tasks such as driving.
Stage four is where doctors may start to be more involved with plans to help, and although the person will still be capable of some tasks, they will start to make plans for when they are not. At this stage the person who is suffering may start to become argumentative and in denial about their illness.