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Help with Insomnia in later life.

Most of us have nights where we find it hard to fall asleep. This is normal, and it will often resolve itself after a short time. However, if you have lack of sleep (insomnia) that lasts weeks, months or years, this can start to have an impact on your day-to-day living. Insomnia is a common problem for people over the age of 65 due to various long term conditions prevalent in this age group that affect sleep.

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How will it affect me?

It can affect your energy levels, moods and concentration. It can also impact on your relationships and social life, and may affect your ability to carry out usual tasks.

What causes it?

Common causes are:

  • a poor sleep routine – going to bed too early or too late, or not relaxing properly before bed
  • a poor sleep environment – uncomfortable or with too much light or noise
  • changes to sleep patterns – working night shifts or sleeping in a new place
  • physical illness – being uncomfortable or in pain, having a physical sleep condition such as snoring or sleep apnoea, or having a hormone or neurological disorder such as an overactive thyroid or Parkinson’s disease
  • alcohol, street drugs and stimulants – including caffeine and nicotine
  • medication –such as epilepsy and asthma drugs or antidepressants
  • stress, worry and anxiety – feeling nervous about a specific issue, such as work, money, family or relationships; or a specific event, such as an interview
  • trauma –after experiencing a traumatic event, such as an accident or a bereavement
  • mental health problems:
    • mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder
    • anxiety disorders, such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and social anxiety
    • psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia

How common is it?

More than 50% of elderly people have sleep disturbance or insomnia. Sleep disorder is the third most common complaint in old age, behind headaches and the common cold.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis is usually based on your history so it is important to keep a sleep diary.

How is it treated?

Your doctor will discuss and treat any potential physical causes of your sleep problems. If you think they are caused by medication, it’s important to discuss this with the doctor as well.

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health experts for later life.

At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

Meet some of our consultants.

Dr Giovanna Zamboni

Consultant Neurologist

Neurology

Dr James Warner

Consultant Psychiatrist

Psychiatry

How we can help

Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

Clear and simple pricing.


First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

Home visit supplements starting from £100.

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    Young onset dementia


    Help with Young Onset Dementia.

    A colleague begins to make simple mistakes at work – they have difficulty using the phone, their behaviour is erratic, they forget appointments. It could be they are just distracted, but if the problems persist over months it could be Young Onset Dementia (YOD).

    Most of us think of Dementia as a problem for older people, but it can affect those as young as 30. Compared to Dementia in older people it has different causes – some of which may be inherited genetically – progresses in a different way and impacts people differently, especially given that they may still be at work and have young children.

    Find out more about Dementia

    What are the symptoms?

    There are a lot of different ways that young Onset Dementia can affect people. It may cause:

    • uncharacteristic behaviour such as disinhibition, irritability or apathy
    • memory loss for recent events
    • problems with spoken language
    • difficulty recognising people or objects
    • symptoms of anxiety and depression

    What causes it?

    Causes of Young Onset Dementia vary. The commonest cause is Alzheimer’s Disease, but proportionately fewer people with YOD have this compared with older adults. Vascular disease such as stroke or inflammation of the blood vessels, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and long-term heavy alcohol use are also common causes. Around 10% have fronto-temporal dementia.

    Key Facts about Young onset dementia

    • Young Onset Dementia is defined as Dementia beginning before the age of 65
    • It may affect over 40,000 people in the UK today and could be getting more common.
    • Relative to other forms of Dementia, YOD is more often inherited genetically and passed down through families.
    • It can be difficult to diagnose because it can present in odd ways and doctors may not suspect it.
    • The specialist services for YOD are patchy in the UK

    How will it affect me?

    Many people with YOD are not aware of their problems. Families and friends may not be aware either, at first, because the condition often starts very slowly and creeps up over years.

    It can affect your ability to work; most people with YOD will eventually find it hard to hold down a job. It can also affect your ability to do daily tasks and interests such as driving, hobbies, cooking and dressing. It can also affect your family; many people with YOD have young families who have to come to terms with a parent having Dementia and losing a breadwinner.

    How is it diagnosed?

    Because of its rarity and because many of the causes are not straightforward, YOD should only be diagnosed after a very thorough assessment. This will include speaking to specialists skilled in diagnosis of this condition, ideally a neurologist and a psychiatrist working together. An MRI brain scan is essential and an amyloid brain scan or sometimes a brainwave trace called an EEG is helpful. Most people will need a neuropsychological assessment of brain function (called cognitive testing). Sometimes genetic tests may help.

    How is it treated?

    There are no cures for most causes of Young Onset Dementia. The treatment will depend on the cause. If the cause of the YOD is Alzheimer’s Disease then anti-dementia drugs like Donepezil may help. Occasionally symptoms can be helped by removal of a brain tumour, although this is very rare.

    Tackling risk factors like heart disease and heavy drinking is important. Keeping healthy by maintaining physical activity, social contacts and keeping the brain active by cognitive stimulation may also help.

    Young onset dementia often causes depression or anxiety and sometimes hallucinations. Treating these is important too.

    People with Young Onset Dementia and their families often need a lot of help and support from social services and really benefit from coordinated care by a team of doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists and other clinicians.

    We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
    health experts for later life.

    At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

    Meet some of our consultants.

    Dr James Warner

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    Dr Hema Ananth

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    Dr Alex Bailey

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    Dr Alan Smith

    Consultant Psychiatrist

    Psychiatry

    Dr Giovanna Zamboni

    Consultant Neurologist

    Neurology

    How we can help.

    Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

    We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

    Clear and simple pricing.


    First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

    Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

    Home visit supplements starting from £100.

    Get started now

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    We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

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    We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

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      Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)


      Help with MCI in later life.

      Have you ever gone into a room and forgotten what you went in for? That’s quite normal. We all forget things from time to time, especially when preoccupied or distracted – and as we get older we all experience subtle memory loss. This would not usually cause any difficulty except for mild inconvenience.

      But if you begin to forget things more frequently it may be a sign of Mild Cognitive Impairment. This is a condition in which there is a slightly more obvious problem with memory (or other aspects of brain function such as planning, recognition or use of language) but not so much as to be diagnosed as Dementia.

      Find out more about MCI

      What are the symptoms?

      Often the only symptom of MCI is having problems with remembering things such as names, appointments or conversations. This is not bad enough to affect day-to-day living and often the lost memory will return later. 

      What are the causes?

      With some people, MCI is a symptom of early dementia. However, others may have symptoms of MCI because they are depressed or anxious. For others no cause for the MCI can be found and it will not progress over time. At the moment it is not really possible to tell for sure which people with MCI will go on to get dementia.

      Key facts about MCI

      • Because of problems in defining and identifying MCI, studies have come up with very different figures about how common it is.
      • It probably affects somewhere between 5% and 30% of older people.
      • About 1/3 of people with MCI will develop dementia over 5 years.

      How will it affect me?

      MCI usually causes nothing more than mild inconvenience. It may be embarrassing to forget someone’s name, or a recent conversation. It may also make you worried that something more serious is the cause.

      How is it diagnosed?

      MCI is diagnosed by taking a full account of the symptoms and how they have developed over time. A test of brain function, known as a cognitive test, is also helpful. Sometimes a brain scan will be needed to exclude other conditions as causes. Because the symptoms may be caused by Depression or Anxiety, the doctor will want to take a full account of your mental health too.

      How is it treated?

      Keeping fit and healthy, taking exercise and exercising your brain (reading, doing crosswords or Sudoku puzzles or playing bridge are just a few examples) is thought to be important in maintaining a healthy brain. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure these should be controlled well. Anti-dementia drugs are not thought to be helpful in MCI. If the person with MCI has Depression or Anxiety, treating these conditions may help the symptoms.

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      At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

      Meet some of our consultants.

      Dr James Warner

      Consultant Psychiatrist

      Psychiatry

      Dr Hema Ananth

      Consultant Psychiatrist

      Psychiatry

      Dr Brian Parsons

      Consultant Psychiatrist

      Psychiatry

      Dr Giovanna Zamboni

      Consultant Neurologist

      Neurology

      Dr Colin Mitchell

      Consultant Geriatrician

      Geriatrics

      Smarter, faster, easier and
      more thorough healthcare.

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      We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

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      We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

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      We are committed to
      giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

      How we can help

      Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

      We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

      Clear and simple pricing.


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      • My decisions, greatly helped by my wife, family and friends, were also sustained by the team from Red & Yellow Care.

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        Panic disorder


        Help with Panic disorder in later life.

        It is normal to feel anxious from time to time. Taking a driving test or exam, going on a new “date” or giving a public speech are situations where feeling anxious is normal. However if the anxiety mounts up quickly and for no reason, to the extent that you feel paralysed with fear, heart pounding and feeling sweaty and shaky then that could be a panic attack.

        Panic disorder is an illness where someone experiences sudden but fairly short-lived intense feelings of fear, with physical symptoms including shaking, panting, dry mouth, “butterflies”, headache or nausea. If the panic attacks go on for more than a month, the condition is called panic disorder. The difference between panic disorder and general anxiety is that panic tends to come in short intense bursts. Certain things such as spiders, heights or enclosed spaces may trigger panic attacks. In these cases, the condition is called phobia.

        Find out more about Panic disorder

        What are the symptoms?

        Panic attacks usually start suddenly and develop rapidly over minutes to a peak of fear or intense dread, before settling down. Often panic attacks have physical symptoms such as:

        • fluttering in the chest (palpitations)
        • shaking
        • dry mouth
        • shortness of breath
        • dizziness
        • feeling sick or vomiting
        • feeling hot or sweaty

        What causes it?

        Panic disorder may start for no reason, but it may run in families or start after traumatic experiences. Physical conditions such as heart disease and thyroid gland problems may mimic symptoms of panic. 

        Key facts about panic disorder

        • About 1 in 20 people will experience panic attacks in their lifetime, with about 1 in 50 having it in any one year.
        • Panic attacks can occur as part of other conditions such as depression, agoraphobia or post traumatic stress disorder
        • Panic attacks can also be caused by physical illnesses such as lung and gut disorders.

        How will it affect me? 

        People with panic disorder may lose confidence, stop socialising or have problems at work. In severe cases it can be very disabling, resulting in stopping many usual activities.

        How is it diagnosed?

        If you think you have panic attacks you should see a doctor. The first thing to do is exclude other conditions that may be causing the panic symptoms. Only after doing this and taking a full account of your background, symptoms, medical history and assessing your current situation, will the doctor be able to confirm the diagnosis.

        How is it treated?

        A lot can be done to help people who have panic disorder. The mainstay of treatment includes psychological therapies such as relaxation and cognitive behavioural therapy. This will involve meeting with a therapist to set the goals for the treatment, and then meeting up each week for a few weeks and learning about your symptoms, where they come from and how to control/combat them. With an experienced therapist, this is a very effective treatment. In some situations (for example phobias) you can set goals in stages and work each week to achieve these goals.

        Sometimes medication can help too. There are a lot of different treatments available including antidepressants which can be effective to treat panic too, and medication which directly combats the physical symptoms.

        If symptoms of panic are due to other conditions it is important to look after these illnesses as well. For this reason treatment by a team that can look after all medical and psychological symptoms is important. The majority of people with panic attacks will get better with the right treatment.

        We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
        health experts for later life.

        At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

        Meet some of our consultants.

        Dr James Warner

        Consultant Psychiatrist

        Psychiatry

        Dr Hema Ananth

        Consultant Psychiatrist

        Psychiatry

        Dr Brian Parsons

        Consultant Psychiatrist

        Psychiatry

        How we can help.

        Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

        We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

        Clear and simple pricing.


        First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

        Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

        Home visit supplements starting from £100.

        Get started now

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        We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

        Fast

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          Hypertension


          Help with Hypertension in later life.

          Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a condition in which blood pressure (BP) is consistently above the normal range. Untreated it can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Hypertension it often easy to treat.

          Find out more about Hypertension

          How will it affect me?

          The problem with hypertension is that most people have no symptoms. Because of this it can be untreated over many years leading to a high risk of complications.

          Occasionally people may experience:

          • headaches when it’s extremely high
          • light-headedness, particularly after standing up quickly when it’s low

          What causes it?

          For most people there is no single underlying cause – a few diseases can cause extremely high blood pressure but for most people there is no obvious cause. It is more common in people who are overweight or inactive, or who have a family history of high blood pressure. However, it can happen to anybody.

          How common is it?

          Very common and it gets more likely as you get older. In the very old, or people with frailty, treating high blood pressure may cause more problems than it solves. But for most people lowering blood pressure reduces the risk of other problems like heart attacks and strokes.

          How is it diagnosed?

          One-off readings of blood pressure in a clinic or hospital can be misleading, so in general it’s best to get more than one reading. Ideally this would be done either by a week of home blood pressure checks (twice a day at similar times) or, even better, by wearing a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor.

          How is it treated?

          Treatment depends on how high the blood pressure is. For mild hypertension without other associated problems, it’s usually best to try reducing salt, taking regular exercise and gradual weight loss first before using medications.

          We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
          health experts for later life.

          At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

          Meet some of our consultants.

          Dr Colin Mitchell

          Consultant Geriatrician

          Geriatrics

          How we can help

          Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

          We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

          Clear and simple pricing.


          First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

          Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

          Home visit supplements starting from £100.

          Get started now

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          more thorough healthcare.

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          We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

          Fast

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          We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

          Comprehensive

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            Anxiety Disorders

            Help with anxiety in later life.

            If a fully grown tiger leapt out on you as you walked down the road, your feelings would be intense: you’d feel a sense of dread, your heart would beat faster, your mouth would go dry, you’d shake and have ‘butterflies’ in your stomach. This is natural – it’s part of your “fight or flight” response.

            But what if you were to feel like this all the time? That is what people with Anxiety Disorder experience. It can be long-lasting or come in short, intense bursts (panic). It can be a result of outside factors like spiders or thunder (phobia) or have no apparent cause.

            There are effective treatments available and most people with Anxiety Order can make a full recovery.

            Find out more about anxiety

            What are the symptoms?

            Symptoms of Anxiety will vary from person to person, but may include:

            • feelings of dread or terror
            • irritability
            • problems concentrating
            • dizziness
            • tiredness
            • fluttering (or palpitations) in your chest
            • shaking
            • dry mouth
            • shortness of breath

            Some of the symptoms also occur in other conditions, like depression, heart disease or thyroid disease, so it is important to be diagnosed by a doctor with the appropriate skills.

            What causes Anxiety?

            It is thought to result from an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. It may occur for no reason, start after a traumatic experience or be triggered by something specific, like spiders or thunderstorms.

            Key facts about Anxiety 

            • About 1 in 20 will experience in any month
            • Twice as many women are affected as men
            • Anxiety can often be a symptom of another mental illness
            • Longstanding anxiety may be associated with increased risk of physical illness 

            How will it affect me

            You may lose confidence, have problems at work or with hobbies and stop social activities like meeting friends. People with Anxiety often feel tense, nervous and physically unwell. You may feel you can’t get better, but that is far from the truth.

            How is it diagnosed?

            There is no simple test to diagnose anxiety. A doctor who is skilled in assessing, diagnosing and treating it will first exclude other conditions that mimic the symptoms, then take into account your full background, symptoms and medical history, together with your current situation, to confirm a diagnosis.

            How is it treated?

            A lot can be done to help people with Anxiety. The mainstays of treatment are psychological therapies, such as relaxation and cognitive behavioural therapy. This will involve meeting with a therapist weekly for a few weeks, learning about your symptoms, where they come from and how to control or combat them. With an experienced therapist, this is a very effective treatment.

            Sometimes medication can help, too. There are a lot of different treatments available including antidepressants, which are also effective against Anxiety, and medication that directly combats the physical symptoms.

            Symptoms of Anxiety are often part of other conditions, including Depression, Dementia, Heart Disease and Lung Disease, so it is important to look after these illnesses as well. For this reason, treatment by a team that can look after all medical and psychological symptoms is important. The majority of people will get better with the right treatment.

            We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
            health experts for later life.

            At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

            Meet some of our consultants.

            Dr James Warner

            Consultant Psychiatrist

            Psychiatry

            Dr Hema Ananth

            Consultant Psychiatrist

            Psychiatry

            Dr Brian Parsons

            Consultant Psychiatrist

            Psychiatry

            How we can help

            Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

            We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

            Clear and simple pricing.


            First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

            Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

            Home visit supplements starting from £100.

            Get started now

            Smarter, faster, easier and
            more thorough healthcare.

            Expert

            We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

            Fast

            We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.

            Flexible

            We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

            Comprehensive

            We are committed to giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

            Request an appointment today.


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              Deborah – wife and carer
            • We are indeed very pleased with the attention and excellent service we have received for my wife, with the health issues that currently concern us.

              Richard – husband and carer
            • My father has seen a lot of Consultants with his health and Dr Warner was the nicest person we have seen. It’s been quite an exhausting process for my dad and it was lovely to have someone who put him so much at ease.

              Julia – daughter and carer

              Alzheimer’s disease


              Alzheimer’s disease

              As we get older we all get a bit forgetful. We might know someone well, but forget their name when we meet them. If these lapses become more serious – for example we forget not just the person’s name but who they are – then this may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

              Alzheimer’s disease tends to develop very slowly, starting with problems over recent memory, language use and perhaps a change in personality. It will then progress, but many people with Alzheimer’s can lead good and fulfilling lives for years after diagnosis, and there are now treatments to help with the condition.

               

              Find out more about Alzheimer’s

              What are the symptoms?

              At first you may not even realise anything is wrong. The disease usually starts slowly, progressing over many years. Each case is unique, but among the symptoms are:

              • memory loss, particularly of recent events
              • less interest in hobbies and pastimes
              • difficulty with thinking flexibly and solving problems
              • difficulty finding the right words and following conversations
              • trouble with recognising people or places
              • changes in personality and behaviour

              What causes it?

              Alzheimer’s disease is thought to be caused by the accumulation of a naturally occurring protein – Amyloid – in the brain. Amyloid appears to damage nerve cells in the brain. Why this happens isn’t yet known, but it is thought to happen many years before symptoms develop.

              Key facts about Alzheimer’s disease

              • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60% of cases. There are around 500,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer’s
              • Although many people think Alzheimer’s disease is primarily a memory problem, most people will also experience behavioural or psychological symptoms.
              • The risk increases as we get older, and the average age of diagnosis is around 75 years
              • The time between onset of symptoms and getting a diagnosis can be over 3 years.

              How will the disease affect me?

              You may not be aware of any problems and may not want help. It is others around you who notice changes. You may have problems carrying out daily tasks such as reading, cooking or driving or may do things that put you at risk. Eventually, as the disease progresses, you may become more dependent on others for help. Eventually everyone with Alzheimer’s disease will need regular help.

              How is it diagnosed?

              Some of the symptoms also occur in other conditions (like depression, anxiety or stroke), so it is important to be diagnosed by a doctor with the appropriate skills.

              Doctors will want to speak to you and also someone close to you so they can get a full picture of your problems. This includes how your symptoms developed over time, your background and current activities and support. The doctor will also do some brain-function tests that help identify what strengths you have and where you may need help. Sometimes the doctor will organise a brain scan or an assessment with a psychologist or occupational therapist although this is not necessary for everybody.

              When all the results are back the doctor will sit down with you and explain the diagnosis and what help you can be offered.

              How is it treated?

              There are drug treatments available for Alzheimer’s disease. These may help improve memory and reduce confusion. These medicines do not stop the illness but do help to reduce the effects. They do not work for everyone but for some people the effects are very good. The doctor will want to monitor how you are responding to the treatment. In addition cognitive stimulation therapy, either alone or in groups, has been shown to be as helpful as the medicines.

              Most people with Alzheimer’s disease will have additional symptoms such as feelings of depression or anxiety. Some people will have hallucinations or notice a change in behaviour. Many of these symptoms can be helped with appropriate treatment.

              People with Alzheimer’s disease and their families and friends need a lot of support, counselling and education to help them understand the diagnosis, how the illness will progress, how to plan for the future and how to get help now. A specialist should be able to put you in touch with people that can help.

              Many people with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually need help with daily activities such as cooking and dressing. An occupational therapist or physiotherapist will be able to provide advice about this.

              We’re Red & Yellow Care, the
              health experts for later life.

              At Red & Yellow Care we specialise in diagnosis, treatment, care and advice for older adults. Our approach is unique – we build a complete picture of the individual – and we treat them like an individual. We guarantee fast and flexible appointments with the very best specialists.

              Meet some of our consultants.

              Dr James Warner

              Consultant Psychiatrist

              Psychiatry

              Dr Hema Ananth

              Consultant Psychiatrist

              Psychiatry

              Dr Brian Parsons

              Consultant Psychiatrist

              Psychiatry

              Dr Giovanna Zamboni

              Consultant Neurologist

              Neurology

              Dr Colin Mitchell

              Consultant Geriatrician

              Geriatrics

              How we can help

              Because we are the specialists in health for older adults, we can offer all the expertise you need from one source.

              We usually visit you at home, or alternatively can see you at our Consulting Rooms. We aim to arrange all appointments within a matter of days.

              Clear and simple pricing.


              First appointment up to 90 minutes, priced at £450.

              Further appointments at £300 up to 60 minutes, £200 up to 30 minutes.

              Home visit supplements starting from £100.

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              Smarter, faster, easier and
              more thorough healthcare.

              Expert

              We have the best consultants and other specialists dedicated to the health of older people.

              Fast

              We aim for our specialists to see you within a matter of days, and within 24 hours for urgent appointments.

              Flexible

              We fit our service around you. Planning your appointments where and when suits you best.

              Comprehensive

              We are committed to giving you the most thorough assessment, treatment and care.

              Request an appointment today.

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              What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

              Dementia is the term for all illnesses that cause progressive loss of brain function. Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia, the commonest of many.

              Will it get worse?

              It will, but only over the course of a number of years.

              Is it possible to enjoy a good life with dementia?

              It is.  Red and Yellow Care  produced an influential report in 2014, written for people  living with dementia, emphasized as much.

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