Here are some common questions about a dementia diagnosis.
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When you or a loved one receive a diagnosis, you are likely to have questions about a dementia diagnosis and what to expect.
Here are a few of the most common questions to help get you started on the road to understanding dementia.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia is a blanket term for various types of medical conditions which impair memory and the ability to think and reason.
Is All Memory Loss Dementia?
No. There are many other reasons why a person might find their memory altered. This can include, but is not limited to: stress, lack of sleep, and certain types of medication.
Is All Dementia Alzheimer’s?
No. Alzheimer’s is one particular form of dementia, oftentimes the most severe. There are several other types, each with their own signs and symptoms. Knowing which type of dementia you have can help you get the right treatment.
Can an Alzheimer's Diagnosis Be Confirmed 100% While a Person Is Alive?
No. A number of diagnostic tests can point to whether or not a person has Alzheimer’s, but otherwise, doctors can only get a definitive diagnosis through an autopsy and examination of the brain tissue.
What Are the Next Steps after Diagnosis?
There are several next steps. The first is to learn all you can about your particular type of dementia. The second step is to tell those in your life who need to know and will support you in this new phase of your life.
Your third step is to find out what treatments your doctor recommends, and to follow through regularly. Finally, ask them what support is available for you and your family, especially if you have Alzheimer’s. You might find local support groups, an adult care center, and more.
The next step is to start planning for the future now, so your wishes will be followed. There are a number of issues to consider:
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What Treatments Are Available for Dementia?
This depends on the type of dementia you have been diagnosed with. In most cases, it will involve medication to treat the troublesome symptoms, and perhaps lifestyle changes. This could be as simple as adding exercise to your daily routine, which has been shown to slow cognitive decline even in people with Alzheimer’s.
Each medication will have varying degrees of effectiveness as well as certain side effects, so it is important to discuss all of your options with your doctor as you work out a treatment plan.
What Strategies Can Help Me Cope with Memory Loss?
There are several strategies that can help:
Understanding more about a dementia diagnosis can make it easier to deal with, whether it's for you or a loved one.
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Common Symptoms of Dementia
This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.