As you may recall from its introduction yesterday, MID is Multi-Infarct Dementia. It is caused from “silent strokes” that damage the brain after a while, blocking small blood vessels, which cause the symptoms of this type of Dementia to rear their ugly head.
The symptoms include the client being confused; having short-term memory issues. Sometimes they will wander and get lost – even in familiar places. If they are physically able, the client may walk with rapid, shuffling steps. They could lose bladder and bowel control. Clients could present with laughing or crying inappropriately or by having difficulty with following instructions given to them. You may witness that your client is having troubles with counting money or with making any sort of monetary transaction.
Depending on the age of your client, will be a concluding factor as to whether or not MID is diagnosed. It is typical for clients between the ages of 60 and 75 to receive this diagnosis. Usually it is after they have had an MRI or a CT scan to see if there is some issue with their brain. In conjunction, a neurological examination will help to conclude the diagnosis.
MID and Alzheimer’s disease are very similar in nature. Sometimes the diseases even happen simultaneously. Because of this, medical professionals have a more difficult time making a diagnosis. One thing they know for certain, though is that more men are diagnosed with MID than women of the same age group are.
As a caregiver, you will eventually witness many forms of Dementia if you stay in the business long enough. It is important that you know the diagnosis handed out by the client’s medical doctor so that you are aware of the individual symptoms for each. Other than that, all you can do is treat your client with dignity and let them know that you realize that With Age Comes Respect!