Dementia is a term used to describe various symptoms of cognitive decline such as forgetfulness, but is not a clinical diagnosis itself until an underlying disease or disorder has been identified. Dementia is a collection of symptoms including memory loss, personality change, and impaired intellectual functions resulting from disease or trauma to the brain. These changes are not part of normal aging and are severe enough to impact on daily living, independence, and relationships. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, there are also many other forms, including vascular and mixed dementia.
The progression and outcome of dementia varies, but is largely determined by the type of dementia and which area of the brain is affected. Diagnosis is possible through advanced brain imaging, clinical examinations, and diagnostic testing. In the past 20 years, scientists have greatly demystified the origins of dementia. Genetics may increase the risks, but scientists believe a combination of hereditary, environmental, and lifestyle factors are most likely at work.
Psychotherapy and counseling can give much-needed dementia support by providing people with the opportunity to speak in confidence about the issues that might be troubling them.
Psychotherapy for dementia can help people come to terms with a dementia diagnosis, identify ways to live with the condition and it can also help with related symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Therapy for dementia can be very helpful and UK Therapy Guide have several dementia therapists, dementia counsellors and dementia psychotherapists that can help you to talk through and explore dementia issues you may be facing.
Having regular interaction and social contact with others can also help. Keeping your mind active by engaging in stimulating conversations with friends and/or getting involved in local activities and social groups are also ways to help keep your mind occupied. These activities may help to slow down the progression of dementia as will staying physically active and exercising regularly.
If you would like to find out more information, complete the form to the right of this page and we will find a dementia therapist who best suits your needs.