Learn about Dementia and how MS Queensland can provide assistance and support.
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of Dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Although the presentation of dementia symptoms can differ for each person, usually the onset is gradual and, in the early stages, this can make the symptoms difficult to confirm. It is important to note that memory loss and other symptoms of dementia are not a normal part of ageing, however the incidence does increase with age. There is currently no prevention or cure for most forms of dementia however some medications have been found to reduce certain symptoms.
Adjusting to life with dementia
Dementia is an umbrella term describing a group of symptoms that occur together. It often refers to memory loss plus at least two of the following:
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Word finding difficulties
- Loss of initiative
- Misplacing things, regularly
- Problems with abstract thinking.
- Changes in moods or behaviour
- Disorientation of time and place poor or decreased judgment
For people with dementia the help of families, friends and carers is vital. Symptoms can vary and the need for support can change and increase over time.
A person with dementia may require support with:
- Enhancing independence, including help around the home
- Visiting and maintaining contact with family and friends
- Participating in social and recreational activities
- Employment advice and placement
- Exercise and health programs
- Access to therapy support, aids or equipment to keep you safe and maintain your independence
- Mental health support
How MS Queensland can help
MS Queensland has a long history of helping people with MS and other progressive neurological diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We know that many of the symptoms of and treatments for MS are also common to other PNDs and we offer our knowledge, expertise and understanding in this field to a broad range of people. Some of our services include:
- Service coordination
- NDIS access assistance
- Employment services
How to get help
For more information, questions, or assistance you can contact our NeuroAssist InfoLine on 1800 177 591 Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm. You can also request a call back from our NeuroAssist team and expect a call back within 24 hours.