Guidance on Key Stages of Dementia
A Diagnosis of Dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of symptoms associated with many different conditions affecting the brain. Because these symptoms usually develop slowly it may be some time before a diagnosis can be confirmed. To do this, doctors usually arrange for their patients to have some tests, the results of which are carefully considered by a specialist doctor before they can determine a diagnosis. This may be for a specific brain condition, for example, Alzheimer’s disease, or vascular dementia, but if the symptoms are mild, and no specific condition is identifiable, a person may be diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is not a diagnosis of dementia.
Symptoms of Dementia
Because there are so many conditions of the brain that can lead to dementia, which usually have their own characteristic symptoms, and because symptoms can change over time, and be affected by people’s other health conditions, it is very difficult to specify what symptoms a person is likely to have. Generally however, symptoms are likely to be mild initially, but over time may change, or a person may experience new symptoms, which may have an increasing impact on their life. These may include forgetting people’s names or recent events or finding it increasingly difficult to manage the activities of daily living. People may also find it difficult to manage conversations, and may become anxious, agitated or depressed, and because our brains control all our body’s systems, dementia can sadly affect a person’s ability to eat, continence and mobility.
Dementia Jersey – Who we are and what we do
Dementia Jersey is a team of highly skilled professionals supported by trained volunteers. The charity provides:
- Information about dementia and what we can do to reduce our risk of developing dementia
- Support, advice and counselling for people with dementia and their family and friends
- A range of tailored therapeutic activities and events
- Support to family and friends following the death of a person with dementia
- Signposting to other sources of help and support available
Our services are available for people with dementia and the family or friends supporting or caring for someone with dementia. You can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01534 723519
Government of Jersey www.gov.je
Home Care Agencies and Care Homes
Details via Jersey Online Directory (JOD)
Did you know?
Dementia has physical, psychological, social and economic impacts, not only for people living with dementia, but also for their carers, families and society at large.