What are the different stages of dementia?
One of the common misconceptions is that dementia “only causes memory loss”. However, there are many known types of dementia including Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Fronto Temporal, Lewy Body Dementia to name but a few, each with their own distinctive characteristics.
For example, a well-known symptom for a person with Alzheimer’s is struggling to learn or recall new events and information, however Frontotemporal dementia actually affects the parts of the brain which control language and behaviour before memory. In fact, Frontotemporal dementia itself has three further sub-types, one of which affects behaviour first and the other two affecting language first.
However, by the later stages of dementia, many symptoms begin to affect sufferers in the same way with later symptoms including memory loss and an inability to do everyday tasks, such as bathing, showering, getting dressed etc.
However, every case is different and each person can present with completely different symptoms at different times, even if they have the same type of dementia, though some symptoms can be managed through medication and can delay the effects, which is why long term care planning which takes the person who is living with the conditions’ needs into account.