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Causes Of Dementia

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Dementia is a mental disorder found commonly in people after the age of 65 years. People suffering with dementia might forget things, may get mood swings and also there might be adverse personality changes in that person.

1) Alzheimer’s Disease

Causes Of DementiaAlzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of Dementia. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for almost 60% of all cases of Dementia in people. Alzheimer’s disease slowly destroys the brain cells and nerves severely disrupting them from sending messages from the brain to the other parts of the body. Some parts of the brain begin to shrink as gaps begin to develop in the hippocampus and the temporal lobe.


Early Signs Of Dementia

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Initial indications of Dementia are not always apparent. There are some vague ideas around, but it can vary from person to person. Usually, the early signs of this deadly disease can be understood from memory loss and forgetfulness. There are some common symptoms which clearly indicates Dementia and they are discussed below:

Signs Of Dementia1) Memory Loss (Recent/Present): People tend to forget recent happenings in their present day to day life. Most people forget their daily scheduled work and important appointments. If this occurs most frequently, it is a clear sign of memory loss ultimately resulting in Dementia.

2) Forgetting the familiar daily work: It is also an important symptom of Dementia. In most cases, people tend to forget the step by step process of any familiar work, which they used to do in normal conditions. People not only forget the related steps of a work practice, they can also totally forget about their work altogether. They behave like novices.


Dementia Risk Factors

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Dementia is a condition that primarily affects one’s cognitive abilities. It is common in older people and the most common symptom is memory loss. Dementia has no specified risk factors as discovered by scientists. However, recent studies link the disease to various factors like age, family history, head injuries and stroke risk factors:

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Age: Increasing age is often a risk factor for many maladies. Dementia is one of the first in the list. This is because, as people grow older, they tend to have a worse memory as they had when they were younger. Also, the body has lower disease resisting capability when it gets older, and also fills cuts or injuries slower than usual.

Dementia has been associated with old age and indeed, most cases of Dementia are with older people. Though there are some inflicted at a young age, but this occurrence rarely happens.


Dementia Through The Stages

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Dementia is a very serious disease and if not detected during the early stages, can be very dangerous. Here is a list of the stages and their corresponding characteristics:

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Stage 1> No Cognitive Impairment

This stage is the basis of Dementia, and people with a strong memory may not even notice a problem.

Stage 2> Mild Cognitive Decline

This stage sees the individual suffer mild forgetfulness stages, where sometimes, the names of familiar objects might be forgotten. This stage can also not be determined clearly.

Stage 3> Comparatively Higher Cognitive Decline

Some deficiencies might come to notice. Loss of ability to remember common names, phrases and also lower organizing ability are some characteristics.


Dementia Symptoms

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Dementia SymptomsDementia is a mental disorder that commonly affects older people between the ages of 65 and 85 years. The chances of developing Dementia gets higher as one grows older. Since Dementia is an impairment affecting the brain, the most common symptom associated with Dementia is memory loss.

However, it doesn’t mean that when an old person has memory lapses, the person already has Dementia. There are other areas that are also affected by Dementia, such as speech, personality and confidence levels of a person. Below are more detailed information on the most common symptoms of Dementia.


Dementia Diagnosis

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Dementia is a mental disorder often found in elder people aged over 65 years. The major symptoms of dementia include lapses of memory, difficulty in language, difficulty in doing things like bathing and picking up things, etc. In the case of dementia it is necessary to detect the disease early so that treatment can be started immediately.

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Diagnosis of dementia can be done with the help of medical history, some laboratory tests and physical examinations. Medical history includes obtaining medical information about the patient regarding the beginning and the gradual progression of symptoms and also finding out if any of the members of the family have in the past suffered from the disease.

The doctors may also look for signs in the patient like inability to use appropriate words to express things, unable to do common things like bathing and picking up things, unable to recognize objects and unable to think abstractly.


Dementia Myths

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Dementia is a health condition that is actually an illness of the brain. It is not, as is generally believed, an illness where the brain stops functioning. Instead, brain cells are damaged and therefore, die earlier than they should, thereby causing the brain to work with decreased efficiency.

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Over a long period of time, the efficiency of the brain is lowered to an extent, which causes a patient to not be able to do even the most general jobs.

Dementia first affects the memory part of the brain, causing a person to first forget names and then even forget who they are or where they are. Dementia patients may become almost lifeless in the later stages and then may require help with washing, eating, etc. They tend to lose interest in all activities and may repeat a question over and over again.


Preventing Dementia

The best cure for Dementia is Prevention

Dementia can be one of the most difficult diseases to live with and to cure. Scientists have always been researching new methods that one day may or may not prevent Dementia. As the adage goes – prevention is the best form of cure at the moment, however.

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Some preliminary evidence suggests that estrogen, a hormone produced by women in their ovaries, can help prevent Dementia. Though it has not been proven, if this finding is true, it may be a great boon to medicine.

The best methods suggested to prevent Dementia have been given as to prevent any form of injury or harm to the brain. This is especially true because Dementia can only be caused due to an injury directly to the brain cells, or any infraction that stops the flow of blood to the brain. Alcohol should not be drunk excessively to prevent Alcohol-related Dementia.


Care For Dementia Patients

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Caring for a person with any disease is never easy. It is especially difficult when a person tends to not understand things and forget common things, as is the case with Dementia.

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The first step towards caring for such patients is providing them with a sense of well-being and physical safety. Things that were taken for granted before may require planning now. Intensive planning must be undertaken for home-safety and social life.

The patient must be communicated to properly with each and every phase of this disease. They also should be allowed fun and socializing with people even if they may not recognize them. Visitors should be scheduled to prevent surprises and to have something to look forward to.


Coping With Dementia

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Dementia is characterized by several symptoms with the main sign being in the form of forgetfulness. Other symptoms of Dementia are due to head injury, depression, and stroke. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Pick’s diseases are well-known health conditions that cause Dementia.

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It is common among people over the age of 65 but it can also be seen among younger age groups. For this reason, it is suggested to know some tips in coping with this deadly disease. Unfortunately, there are no specific medications or treatment known for Dementia. Healthy lifestyle does help, though, in avoiding this. As the old adage goes, “prevention is better than cure.”


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