Often the onset of dementia is slow and initial symptoms may be
overlooked or dismissed as personality quirks or changes. Keeping
notes of actions or behaviors that seem to be peculiar may help in
What Are the Symptoms?
Memory loss seems to be the first and often most noticeable
Depression often occurs and there can be difficulty in controlling
At times there is no recognition of familiar faces or locations.
Inability to retain new information.
Suspicion and paranoia.
The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Dementia
affects the following areas of the brain: language, memory,
decision-making, and learning. Dementia types vary because different
diseases affect certain areas of the brain. There are approximately
fifty other causes of dementia, two of which are Parkinson's and
Huntington's disease. Illnesses that do not originate in the brain,
such as kidney disease, can also lead to the development of dementia.
What is the Treatment?
Tty The type of treatment for all dementia types greatly depends on
the stage of the disease and occasionally what the origin is the
A well-balanced diet will improve or maintain an overall healthy
lifestyle. There is little evidence to suggest any particular foods
that aid in improvement for specific symptoms of dementia, but will
contribute to better health.
Occasionally medication is prescribed to those patients struggling
with sleep disorders, depression, or anxiety.
Monitoring diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol all contribute to
minimizing symptoms of dementia.
Tools for remembering simple facts and activities are beneficial for
dementia patients such as calendars, to-do lists, and instructional
notes distributed throughout an individuals home.
The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can help minimize progressive
symptoms of dementia. Medications can be prescribed to control
development of further Alzheimer's symptoms, which in turn protect
those areas of the brain and minimize the contributions toward
dementia. While dementia is related to parts of the brain, nervous
system diseases also supply symptoms quite similar to those of
dementia. The central nervous system controls areas such as
depression, sleeping, and thinking, which all can be adverse symptoms
of multiple dementia types.
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