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What is Dementia?

Dementia is not a disease in its own right, but a progressive and largely irreversible clinical syndrome. Dementia is a range of symptoms that occur as a result of damage or changes to the brain, characterised by a widespread impairment of mental function. This damage may be due to disease or natural processes such as ageing.  There are approximately 850,000 people in the UK living with Dementia, around 17,000 are under 65.

Tell-tale signs

A person living with Dementia may;

Struggle to remember recent events (although they may still recall things that happened in the past)

Find it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV

Forget the names of friends or everyday objects

Cannot recall things they have heard, seen or read

Repeat themselves

Have problems thinking and reasoning

Feel anxious, depressed or angry about their forgetfulness

Find other people start to comment on their forgetfulness

Feel confused even when in a familiar environment.

Although many people with Dementia can retain a positive personality, they can experience some or all of the following as their condition progresses.

·        Memory loss

·        Loss of language,

·        Disorientation,

·        Changes in personality,

·        Difficulties with daily living

·        Self-neglect,

·        Psychiatric problems, such as apathy and depression

·        Out of character behaviours such as aggression and sleep disturbances.

Early diagnosis is key

You should seek help without delay if your memory is not as good as it used to be. Sadly, In our experience, many people suffering with memory impairment don't get to the doctor soon enough or are put off by the thought of memory testing.  Yet, an early diagnosis is hugely important as it enables people with dementia or memory impairment to understand their condition, access treatments that could help relieve their symptoms and gives them time to plan for the future.  Supporting people earlier can also avoid costly hospital visits and allows carers to be able to carry on caring for people at home, delaying or even avoiding residential care.

As part of our approach to do all we can to assist people with memory impairment, SP Care employ the CANTABmobile system, developed by Cambridge Cognition, to offer state of the art, patient friendly,  touch screen-based memory assessments.  These highly effective tests can be conducted in a patient’s home, care home, day centre or at one of our clinics.  Results from each  test is immediately compared to a database of more than 5,000 patients, so that an evaluation can be made as to whether a person's memory is 'normal' for their age, gender and level of education. At the end of the assessment, we will discuss the results and the options available for future treatment or care.

SP Care Clinic Specialists can help to enhance a Dementia patients quality of life and care by:

·        Providing creative solutions for challenging behaviours

·        Developing personalized exercises and activities to maintain or improve the brain's current ability

·        Offering suggestions and mechanisms for reducing stress of both the carer and the patient

·        Enabling carers to find bespoke solutions to help them improve care for a loved one or client with Dementia

Booking a consultation

A consultation with an SP Care Clinic Dementia Consultant  is normally undertaken following a referral from your GP.   However, you may wish to self-refer without visiting your GP.  This can be via a clinic visit, be conducted in the home or a community setting.  You can book an appointment at either our Harley Street clinic or Ireland clinic (see side menu) or you can email us at  info@spcareclinic.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.