Watching loved ones struggle to recall everything from past experiences to learned materials can be overwhelming, as a decline in the memory and cognitive function robs the loved one of their ability to manage their daily life.
Caregivers may notice a decline in communication, learning and remembering their friends and family members, which may occur quickly or slowly over time.
With some even forgetting how to swallow, families and relatives are left with the burning question, “Will you still remember me tomorrow?”
Dementia is caused by damage to the brain cells, interfering with its ability to communicate. When the brain cells fail to communicate normally, one’s thinking, behaviour and feelings can be affected.
University Malaya Medical Centre Assoc Prof Dr Tan Maw Pin said some of the things one can look for in recognising the signs of the syndrome include forgetfulness.
“The person developing dementia in the early stage would find themselves having difficulties in remembering and retrieving the things they had earlier kept or stored,” said Dr Tan, who works in the geriatric medicine department, a medical subspecialty which focuses on the health of older people.
She said everyone experienced problems finding things from time to time but a sign of a more serious case was if they started to lose their belongings, such as car keys, more regularly when it had not been an issue previously.
If such scenario occurs, Dr Tan said they should get themselves assessed.
“A memory screening test takes only 20 minutes and only costs the consultation,” she said.
A spokesman for LF Asia (M) Sdn Bhd, the official distributor for Dr Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals’ products in Malaysia, said studies have shown that standardised ginkgo
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The emergence of such supplements is welcome additions for the treatment of dementia, but caregivers and patients must consult their doctor for a prescription.
While it is not a substitute for synthetic medication for the syndrome, Dr Tan explained that certain medical foods act by stopping further deterioration in the symptoms of dementia and not the actual pathological deterioration in the brain.
She said medical food containing ginkgo
To a certain extent, the usage of gingko
“If one notices forgetfulness problems with their loved one or themselves, they should go for screening quickly. Don’t ignore the problem,” said Dr Tan.