Breaking dementia myths!

Breaking dementia mythsAccording to Alzheimer’s Society, there are around 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. However, despite a large number of cases, there are still a few prevalent dementia myths in need of debunking.

Dementia is the umbrella term used to describe different symptoms that results in a loss of brain function. These are degenerative symptoms and typically include problems with communications, thinking, perception, problem-solving and memory. Dementia tends to occur in people aged 65 and older. However, in rare circumstances, it can occur at younger ages and is referred to as young-onset or early-onset dementia.

Even though there are numerous charities raising awareness and spreading knowledge about dementia, there are still some myths and misconceptions surrounding the syndrome. In this post, we break three common dementia myths.

Common myths associated with dementia

1) Dementia is a normal part of ageing

This is false. It isn’t normal to suffer from mental disorders as you get older, though it’s becoming a common occurrence in our ageing community. Alzheimer’s Society reports that there will be over 1 million people living with dementia by 2025 in the UK.

2) Alzheimer’s disease is synonymous with dementia

This is untrue. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two different things. Dementia is the umbrella term for mental illnesses that affect memory, communication skills and the ability to perform ‘normal’ everyday activities. One such disease is Alzheimer’s and it’s the most common cause of dementia. Other causes of dementia include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, and mixed dementia (when a person has a mixture of dementia types and symptoms).

3) Dementia is not fatal

Death by dementia is due to the symptoms and the complications they raise, not because of the illness itself. For instance, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes progressive brain damage. It leads to patients losing the ability to move, think, speak, eat and more. It’s important to note that some medications and treatments can help to ease symptoms.

Managing financial and legal affairs with Romain Coleman

Receiving the diagnosis that you or a loved one has dementia can be devastating. Though your initial thoughts may not be towards legal and financial issues regarding your condition, they are crucial in determining a better future for you.

When receiving a dementia diagnosis, you should consider putting a Lasting Power of Attorney in place as well as prepare other legal documents like a Living Will. You should also consider making the appropriate arrangements for future dementia care and its associated financial affairs.

At Romain Coleman, we have a team of solicitors specialising in dementia care and planning. We work to protect your interests, respect your wishes and secure the best future dementia care options for you. This is why we provide a dedicated and reliable dementia care service, to coordinate all of your long-term dementia care requirements.

Contact the team of specialist dementia and elderly care solicitors at Romain Coleman today on 0208 520 4555. Alternatively, you can send us a message via our Contact Form. We work relentlessly to provide legal and financial solutions for dementia patients and their families.

This article was first written in 2017 and was updated on 11/09/2019.

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This post is not legal advice and should not replace professional advice tailored to your specific circumstances. It is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.