Dementia is not a specific disease. It is an overall term that describes a large range of symptoms connected with a decline of thinking skills such as memory. This decline is enough severe to reduce the ability of the patient to perform everyday activities.
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can encompass difficulties with language, with problem-solving, with thinking and last but not least with memory loss. Dementia is often referred imprecisely to as “senile dementia” or “senility”, which reflects the not precise but widespread belief that severe mental failure is a normal part of aging.
Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells and this damage makes the communication between brain cells less effective. This can affect feelings, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Symptoms of dementia can vary largely. The disease affects visual perception, judgment and reasoning, ability to pay attention and focus, language and communication, and memory. People with the condition may have issues with short-term memory, planning and cooking meals, paying bills, keeping track of a wallet or purse, remembering neighbors or the neighborhood or remembering appointments. Many dementias are progressive. This means that symptoms begin slowly and get worse gradually.
Treatment of dementia depends on its cause. For progressive dementias, there is no treatment and no cure that stops or slows its progression. However, there is medication that may improve symptoms temporarily. If a loved one is experiencing some memory troubles or issues in thinking skills, it should be taken seriously. The affected person should visit immediately a doctor to investigate these. A professional assessment can detect a condition that can be treatable. An early diagnosis of dementia can allow the patient to benefit greatly from available treatments and it offers time to plan for the future.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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