Having that kind of condition could be the worst thing to have but it only happens as you grow older and older, and old age gets to you and make you senile. People fight with this every day and the suffering that they have to endure is emotionally exhausting and taxing, both the victim and it’s close relative or friend. Because in the end, it has affected everybody, directly and indirectly.
First, let’s begin with some simple questions. What is dementia? How do you get it? And is it permanent? These are the common samples once you know someone or if you are suffering with this condition and are desperately looking for answer in order to find some scrap of news that this is just only a temporary thing, like flu, but sadly it is not. But let’s answer these few questions, okay? So that you can get a clear picture about it.
What is dementia?
It is a chronic disorder of your mental process which is caused by an injury or a brain disease that is usually generic. The symptoms of dementia vary, but there are some common factors that keep sprouting when someone has These common symptoms that dominate when to materialise are:
Your memory loss
Speech and communication are affected
You will be losing your focus, and your attention will be limited
Your reasoning and your judgement will be affected as well
And your visual perception will become a hindrance
In short, dementia is like being senile. It is a slow process, and you won’t even notice. It will start with little things; these little things will be nothing to you after first, but as the diseases persist you will notice something is wrong. It starts with you forgetting, and then it will progress heavily as it affects your daily life. When this happens, it has become a serious thing.
How do you get dementia?
It could be an accident, like a car accident or anything that might give you a head injury or old age.
Is it permanent?
The answer to that, yes. There are cases where people who have dementia suffered a lot because their mind is slowly declining and as they slowly waste away, they will be losing their sense of self, their identity in time.
After reading all these, you might have some idea now on what you are up against in the following months or years. It is a good idea to know your enemy after all.
When someone suffers dementia, especially that you know this person is your mom, your dad, your grandpa, or grandma, or in my case my awesome uncle, it is not easy to deal it. Both parties suffer because it is emotionally draining, stressful and heart wrenching. I will give you some ways on how to cope with that kind of situation since we got the explanation about dementia down.
It is hard to cope with that kind of situation, especially when you know that person, and you know how close you are with that person, but that doesn’t mean that you have to ignore the problem and hope it will be gone. No, that won’t solve anything. The only thing that you can do is to be there for that person, bring a positive vibe so that the person who suffers from dementia will know that you care and that they are loved and not abandon. Starting with that, it will become a bit easier to deal with.