Time to fight dementia
Published 11 Mar 2011 09:30 0 Comments
TO WATCH a loved one or good friend succumb to deadly illness is not an experience any of us would willingly undergo.
But while medical advances have brought at least the means of early detection to many diseases and conditions, the relentless invasion of dementia on the brain cells largely advances unchecked.
By the time the excuses for confusion and forgetfulness, inexplicable mood swings, irrational fears, withdrawal, dwindling confidence or communication breakdown have run out, it is already too late.
Alzheimer's disease is incurable and while there are ways to ease its symptoms it is difficult to accept that they are significantly present in someone who outwardly appears as fit as the proverbial fiddle.
However, although they may privately harbour sneaking suspicions, the frightening reality is that 63% of those in Berkshire with Alzheimer's do not know they have it.
Doctors and lay people alike, we must all be more vigilant.
This article appeared in Bracknell News 12 Mar 11