Diagnosing Dementia At An Early Stage}

Submitted by: Kankinya Agedcare

Dementia and Alzheimers Care and treatment become easier and more effective if the disease is diagnosed at an early stage. However, quite often, the early symptoms such as memory loss, personality change, cognition problems, etc. go unnoticed as people mistake them as signs of ageing. It is important not to ignore these early warning signs and seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Why is early diagnosis important?

If dementia is diagnosed at an early stage, it helps planning and preparing for the future in an appropriate way. It includes gathering knowledge and understanding of available treatments. It also helps in making financial arrangements and other preparations for seeking care at a Dementia and Alzheimers Care Facility at a later stage as the disease progresses.

Symptoms of dementia can be caused by several conditions, many of which are treatable and reversible. So, an early diagnosis can help identify and treat the cause before it worsens. Also, most of the available treatments for dementia work best if started early on at the onset of the disease. Early intervention can stop further decline.

Who should you consult for diagnosis of dementia?

The moment you find some behavioural changes in yourself or your relative, and suspect it could be dementia then the first person you should consult is a general practitioner. If he feels that the symptoms actually indicate dementia, he may refer you to a specialist such as a psychiatrist, neurologist, or neuropsychologist, who will examine you, and if found eligible, refer you for subsidized Dementia and Alzheimers Care.

Aged care assessment teams comprising of doctors, nurses and occupational therapists are also available at various hospitals and aged care nursing homes. They assess the needs of elderly, approve their eligibility for certain Government funding and packages, and make recommendations on the level of aged care nursing that they require. Aged care assessment teams help the elderly get the right kind of Dementia and Alzheimers Care.


The moment you suspect that an aged relative is showing some behavioural or cognitive changes that point towards dementia, you must take them to a professional for a complete evaluation. Early diagnosis may help better management of the disease. In case, professionals confirm that your aged relative has dementia, you are left with two choices, either you take care of them personally, or leave them under the care of professionals at a Dementia and Alzheimers Care Facility.

Kankinya is the provider of best Dementia and Alzheimers Care in Canberra. The state of the art Dementia sufferers care facility is not only the best care provider, but is also the safest facility in ACT. So, you can trust us for all your aged care nursing and Dementia and Alzheimers Care needs.


About Kankinya Agecare

Our homecare facility in Canberra has been architecturally designed and constructed to ensure that our residents, consisting mostly of those suffering from varying degrees of Alzheimers or Dementia, are able to wander freely around the facility. Of all the aged care nursing facilities in Canberra, we are the only recognised and designated facility specialising in advanced dementia management.

Kankinya offers a safe and caring environment to its residents and caters to the needs of a wide range of elderly residents. While our location is convenient to most aspects of Canberra life, but sometimes convenience is not all that you need. We always ask our prospective families as to what exactly they require for their parent or partner and the usual answer is, We want them to be happy and safe and this is the motto that guides us at our aged care facility in Canberra.

We are proud of the fact that we are the providers of best Dementia care in Canberra. Besides being the leaders in aged care and dementia management, we also take pride in being the safest facility in ACT. We comply with all the Nursing Home safety standards to ensure the safety of our residents. We have a 9C Fire Safety Compliance which includes state of the art fire detection systems and sprinklers throughout. We understand that elderly have a right to a good quality of life and freedom, and we have designed our facilities keeping this in mind. Unlike all other Aged care facilities in Canberra, we do not have our residents locked away in so called secure areas that are hidden from the general public. Our residents enjoy highest degree of freedom within the safety of our facility, which provides a highest possible quality of life to our reside.

To know more please visit us at: www.kankinya.com.au/

About the Author: Kankinya is a residential aged care facility for dementia & alzheimers patients with 80 beds in Canberra, Australia. Our respite care nursing home in ACT for elderly people also provides aged care assessment service. Registered nursing staff are available for 24 hours. Kankinya offers both permanent resident placement and short term respite care with safe and best environment meeting all 44 of 44 standards. Residents have access to allied health professionals i.e. gerontologist, physiotherapist, podiatrist, dietician, speech pathologist, dentist and others.To know more please visit us at:




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