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Ask JillEarly symptoms of dementia
Hi Jill, we have a mutual friend Phillip W and he suggested I contact you – are you able to advise please?… My father has been staying with us for a few months and I think he is showing mild early symptoms of dementia. I have already spoken to my GP and he suggested I bring him to the surgery but my dad’s in denial and it’s difficult to get him to see the GP
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Jill Kemp Registered Manager, CRS Doctors & Live-in Care
Hi Richard   Good to hear from you and you’re right to be looking for help at this stage – the sooner your father is diagnosed the better for all concerned. As for getting your father to visit the GP… he does have a choice – however some would argue that his capacity to make this decision is lacking right now and that, you getting him there by other means, is in his best interests? Recently someone I know told their mother that the GP wanted to see her for a general check-up – which is exactly what the GP did when mother happily went along to the appointment!  In this case, dementia was diagnosed, medication prescribed and wheels set in motion to support the whole family. Information is key so the sooner the GP visit takes place the better! I also suggest you consider going along to a Dementia Friends session run (throughout the UK) by the Alzheimer’s Society.  The sessions are informal and around an hour long – you’ll hear what it is like for people living with dementia – all with the positive underlying thread of ‘it IS possible to live with dementia’.  You’ll find the Dementia Friends session nearest to you by following this link https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/register-friend If you’re more of a reader, you may want to take a look at the book ‘Contented Dementia: A Revolutionary New Way of Treating Dementia : 24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being’ by Oliver James – readily available online. Hope the above helps – if you do have any more questions, I’d be delighted to help!