Everyone can be forgetful and struggle to put a name to a face or remember where the car is parked. But if you are worried about changes in memory, mood or ability to manage daily life, it is important to do something about it.
There are many reasons for memory loss and confusion, apart from dementia. If you are worried it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. You doctor will explore with you what may be causing the changes that concern you. Before you visit your doctor, make a note of the changes you have noticed and some examples of the things that are causing you concern. Keep a diary to help you. You can also call 1800 341 341 to talk to someone about your concerns.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or another form or dementia can come as a huge shock, not matter how expected it may have been. It can take time to adjust to this diagnosis and time to adjust to the changes that it brings.
However many people with dementia and their families find that they do adjust and that they do live well with this diagnosis. One of the most important things you can do is to reach out and talk to someone. There are over 48,000 people in Ireland today with dementia, you and your family are not alone.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland works across the country in the heart of local communities providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.
For more information about getting a diagnosis and living well with dementia contact the free and confidential Alzheimer National Helpline at 1800 341 341.