Breaking Dementia Myths!

Myth versus Fact directional signs on guidepostDementia is a widely-known mental disorder that tends to affect mainly the aged population, though more younger people (between 30 and 65 years old) are also being affected. Dementia is the umbrella term used to describe different brain disorders that causes loss of brain function. These symptoms are progressive and eventually become severe.

When someone is told a loved one or they themselves have dementia, it is crucial to understand the choices – what are the financial options relating to their estate or business and who will provide the long-term care. At Romain Coleman, we have a team of solicitors specialising in dementia. Our aim is to protect your interests and respect your wishes – ensuring that you are well taken care of and preventing any individuals from taking advantage of you when the symptoms progress. This is why we provide dedicated package and coordinate all of your long-term dementia care requirements.

Understanding dementia:

In general, there are two umbrella terms for dementia:

  • Frontotemporal dementia – the umbrella term for a varied group of uncommon disorders that mainly affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain which are the areas typically associated with behaviour, personality and language.
  • Vascular dementia – the second most common form of dementia, it is also an umbrella term for a range of uncommon disorders that include memory loss and problem-solving, language and speech difficulties.

Common myths associated with dementia:

1) It is normal to get dementia as you age

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.

2) Alzheimer’s is synonymous with dementia

This is untrue. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two different things. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and the earliest symptoms are memory lapses. For dementia, common symptoms include: difficulties concentrating, struggling with communication, problems judging distances, mood changes, and not able to perform familiar daily tasks.

3) Dementia is not deadly

Dementia is not deadly, and you can still live well with dementia with proper treatments that can help with symptoms and managing daily life. Despite that, with diseases like Alzheimer’s causing damage to your brain which is a major organ in the nervous system, patients may lose the ability to move, speak, and/or eat.

Managing financial and legal affairs

Contact the team of specialist dementia and elderly care solicitors at Romain Coleman today. We work relentlessly to provide legal advice for dementia patients, as well as supporting families whose loved one have become dementia patients.
Learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s or for expert solicitor help/advice, contact us on 0208 520 4555 or online and we’ll be glad to help.