Dementia is a medical condition where damage to brain cells causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
It’s uncommon in people aged under 60. By age 85 around 1 in 5 people will have dementia. While we all get a bit more forgetful as we get older, dementia is different. It is not a ‘normal’ part of ageing.
Most dementias are progressive, which means they get worse over time.
There are, however, medications and a range of supports – financial, emotional and physical – to help a person with dementia and their family and friends.
Dementia is most commonly caused by:
A person's genes, environment and lifestyle play a part in whether someone will develop these diseases.
In most cases, doctors and researchers can't predict who will develop dementia.
Age is the greatest risk factor. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and family history are other risks.
Aboriginal Australians are more likely to get dementia. They are also more likely to get it at a younger age.
At first you might notice problems with:
you might notice:
As dementia progresses you might:
The early symptoms of dementia can be vague.
If you have concerns about yourself or someone else you should seek help.
Early and accurate diagnosis of dementia will rule out other treatable issues
Dementia symptoms can be confused with symptoms of depression, infections and other conditions.
Your doctor will only diagnose dementia after a full assessment.
Our healthcare team can
We can help you reach psychiatrists who are experts in treating dementia.
There are medications that can help with the symptoms of dementia.
At Hellodoc, we have Psychiatrists and Psychologists who can assess, diagnose, and manage Dementia and related conditions.
If you and your loved ones need assessment, please contact us after obtaining a referral from your GP.
You will need a referral from your GP to access this service.
You will need a mental healthcare plan (MHCP) from your GP to access this service for Medicare rebates, unless paying privately.
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