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Dementia Explained

Dementia Explained – A Podcast with Dr Alex Bailey

Dr Alex Bailey joins Annabel again, this time to talk about dementia. Dementia is a complex and difficult issue, but is also unfortunately common in the older population. Dr Alex, a psychiatrist specialising in old age, helps to explain dementia, in as simple terms as possible, and cover the services and support available for those living with dementia and their carers. 

You can also find this Age Space Podcast episode and more on Apple Podcasts.

If you think that someone you love, an older person, is different for whatever reason - if they just don't seem themselves. First of all ask them - "What's going on, is something happening?". And please don't be afraid to ask for help for it. A lot of these illnesses, even dementia, the earlier we catch it, the more you can do to help with the later stages

Dr Alex discusses the different methods and support teams involved in helping someone with dementia

From medicines (or which there are few) to big multi-disciplinary teams involving community nurses, doctors, psychiatrists like Dr Alex and more, helping someone with dementia is a very individualised approach. Dementia affects people very differently so there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to dementia treatment. For some they will need less intensive support at the beginning, with memory being the only symptom. However, as the condition progresses they might need the help of physiotherapists for mobility problems or psychiatrists like Dr Alex for behavioural issues. In the podcast Dr Alex stresses that there is lots of support out there for all people living with dementia.

Dr Alex discusses what we can do to help reduce the risk of dementia

There is growing evidence that there are some things we can do to help lower the risk of dementia. While there is still a lot that we can’t change (like genetics, age, gender), having a good diet; keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels healthy (and checked regularly); staying on top of hearing and sight loss; and keeping active are all advisable and might help reduce the risk of dementia. Dr Alex also talks about the common myth surrounding brain exercises, like dementia, and how there isn’t so much evidence that they influence the risk of dementia. However, he does mention that keeping the brain active might help slow the progression of dementia and improve quality of life for someone living with dementia. 

Show produced by Husain Husaini at Wire Free Productions.