Dementia & Alzheimer’s Guide

Untreatable Dementia

Precautions and Treatment of Dementia People suffering from Dementia develop a mental block resulting in severe memory loss and other related symptoms of the disorder. Dementia is caused by a damage to the brain cells. And it is true that once ...

Dementia Help

Help for Dementia Patients Having a disease can really be difficult. One has to undergo several treatments and medications just to alleviate the pain and suffering brought about by the condition. But it must be much more difficult if the patient's ...

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Alzheimer's Disease: Cause of Dementia Dementia is a condition that is depicted with a loss of mental functions in some areas including memory, judgment, language, visual and spatial abilities. It is a serious health condition that alters the patient's way of ...

Dementia: Doctors & Medic...

Dementia & Alzheimer's Dementia is a problem related to the brain. So, it may require several types of doctors to diagnose, treat or manage dementia. They are listed below: [caption id="attachment_40" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=" "]Credit: flickr[/caption] Allopathic Physician - This doctor is ...

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Dementia: Doctors & Medical Specialists

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Dementia is a problem related to the brain. So, it may require several types of doctors to diagnose, treat or manage dementia. They are listed below:

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Allopathic Physician – This doctor is a first level physician who deals with the musculoskeletal system. He/she generally deals with physical or internal injuries to the brain.

This kind of physician can help find the cause of Dementia through various kinds of tests including Access CT Scans, ultrasounds, Electrocardiogram and Physical examinations. He/she can then cure basic Dementia through spinal manipulation, minor surgeries, etc. He/she can also provide medication and counsel.


Untreatable Dementia

Precautions and Treatment of Dementia

People suffering from Dementia develop a mental block resulting in severe memory loss and other related symptoms of the disorder. Dementia is caused by a damage to the brain cells. And it is true that once a brain cell is dead, it can never be replaced. Thus, there is really no definite treatment to fully or effectively cure Dementia.

Untreatable DementiaHowever, some drug and non-drug treatments can slow the damaging process of the brain cells. When the Dementia is already in the advanced stage, the focus of care is to be given to the daily activities of the Dementia patient. There are some medicines available to help Dementia patients. But before taking any medication, it is always advisable to consult a specialist first.

There are two types of tests conducted on a Dementia patient. One is the Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) and the other one is Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS). Neuropsychological tests, like mathematical puzzles, are performed to determine the most affected area of the brain. Getting an MMSE score of less than 24 and an AMTS score of less than six suggest that there is a need for more evaluation of the patients.


Types Of Dementia

Dementia: Different Classification & Unusual Forms

Generally, Dementia is a condition of memory loss. People who have Dementia often realize the symptoms of the condition only during its middle stages. There are different kinds or groups of Dementia. Several diseases are also associated with the condition.

The different classifications of Dementia below group the disorders with common features.

Cortical DementiaCortical Dementia – This is the classification of Dementia where the outer layer of the brain or the brain’s cortex is the main portion affected by the brain damage. Problems with memory, thinking, language and social behavior can be due to cortical Dementia.

Subcortical Dementia – With subcortical dementia, the parts of the brain which are affected are those below the cortex. This category of dementia can also bring about memory loss, degradation in thinking ability as well as changes in movement and emotions.


Dementia Help

Help for Dementia Patients

Having a disease can really be difficult. One has to undergo several treatments and medications just to alleviate the pain and suffering brought about by the condition. But it must be much more difficult if the patient’s condition is that of a memory loss and degradation in mental ability.

Dementia PatientsDementia is the condition that hits elderly people and causes loss of memory and other cognitive abilities. An elderly affected by this condition may even forget his or her own name. With this condition, Dementia patients have difficulty going through the situation alone. Help and attention is always needed by these people.

Like any other diseases, the best way to seek help is to go to a medical professional who specializes in the disease. Depending on the type of Dementia, patients can seek help from a psychiatrist, neurologist, or geriatrician.


Dementia FAQs

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Q. What is Dementia?

A. Dementia is a disease of the brain due to which a person gradually loses his or her cognitive function of the brain and loses efficiency to remember, work and do mundane jobs.

Dementia FAQsQ. Can Dementia be cured if detected early?

A. Yes, Dementia has a track record of being cured in over 80% of the cases where the patient reported the case early.

Q. Is a bad memory a part of being old?

A. No, not at all. Most elderly people only lose about 20-30% of their memory, as they grow old.

Q. So, an especially bad memory in the older ages may be Dementia?

A. It usually is, yes.


Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease: Cause of Dementia

Dementia is a condition that is depicted with a loss of mental functions in some areas including memory, judgment, language, visual and spatial abilities. It is a serious health condition that alters the patient’s way of living. Dementia, essentially, is a set of symptoms that come with certain diseases that affect the human brain.

DementiaDementia mostly affects people of old age. It can also affect young people too but it is a rare occurrence. Symptoms of Dementia can also be noticed with infections, surgery, sleep deprivation, dehydration, irregular food intake, change in personality, and loneliness.

This is a condition known as delirium and is observed in most Dementia patients. Delirium can be treated with proper care, healthy food intake, and improved sleeping habits; however, these treatments will not cause any improvements in the human brain. Brain cells of patients who have severe Dementia gradually die.


Coping With Alzheimer’s Disease

How to Cope with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease that debilitates the natural ability of the human brain from functioning normally resulting in a gradual loss of memory and mental skills. This disease often comes with forgetfulness, drastic personality change, fluctuated mood, hallucinations and can be fatal.

Alzheimer DiseaseAlzheimer’s is not curable, it’s permanent and fatal which needs to be treated with proper and correct diagnosis from its early phase. An overall check up of physical, psychological and neurological systems are required before starting on any kind of treatment.

One important thing that should be considered after a thorough check up process on the patient is to make sure of the results and verify if it is indeed Alzheimer’s disease. This is because Alzheimer’s disease is a bit indistinguishable with many Dementia related diseases which can be treated and are impermanent.


Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia & Alzheimer’s

AlzheimerThe most common type of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. It happens when brain neurons gradually die which eventually results in a progressive relapse of one’s mental ability. It is very unfortunate that there is no sure fire way to cure this deadly disease.

But drug and non-drug treatments can help to reduce the degree of this disease. Researchers are constantly trying to find new treatments to help patients of Alzheimer’s disease. Basically, there are five theories regarding this disease that require further investigation:.


7 Stages Of Alzheimer’s Disease

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According to the Royal College of Physicians, “Alzheimer’s disease is the global impairment of higher functions, including memory, the capacity to solve the problems of day to day living, the performance of learned perceptuo-motor skills, the correct use of social skills, and the control of emotional reactions in the absence of gross clouding of consciousness.”

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Alzheimer’s disease has different stages. It is very important to know about the various stages or phases of the disease to determine the exact treatment to be given to the patient.

Dr Reisberg, M.D., Clinical Director of the New York University School of Medicine’s Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center, together with his team, developed the Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) scale of Alzheimer’s disease. They divided it into 7 major stages and 16 sub-stages.


Dementia Glossary

A-Z of Dementia Terms

Acetylcholine: It is a way of communication through chemicals between two adjacent nerve cells in the brain. In Dementia related cases, these brain cells are adversely affected.

ADAS: Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale. This scale measures the degree of disease in an Alzheimer’s Disease patient. Memory status and communication ability of a patient are graded by this measurement scale.

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AD7C Test: Also called the AlzheimAlert Test. It is used for detection of levels of neutral protein in cerebral fluid. Though, the Alzheimer’s Association doesn’t recommend this test.

Adult Day Care Service: Interaction session provided by various support groups amongst patients of Dementia.

Agnosia: The inability to recognize familiar persons, objects, sound, and smells. It is a common problem for Dementia patients.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD): The most common disease that causes Dementia. It is a fatal disease and mostly seen in people aged over 65. Forgetfulness, restlessness, personality change, behavior change, and hallucinations are some of the features of this disease.


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