Dementia & Alzheimer’s Guide

Types Of Dementia

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Untreatable Dementia

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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 Support Services

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Taking care of a Dementia sufferer brings a new challenge everyday. It is often difficult, and may sometimes seem overwhelming. You should know, however, that there are support services available. The first step to getting support is obtaining any information you can on the topic of Dementia.

There are many organizations spread the world over that can help you on this. Support services include:

Counseling: This can be especially useful for the patient as well as the caregiver. They can learn about new developments and also learn about ways to take care.

Health Services: These services also provide valuable services –

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1. The family doctor is the first to respond. He/she prescribes medicines and refers you to further specialists.

2. The CDAMSC or Cognitive Dementia and Memory Service Clinic can help in early diagnosis and identification. It is also especially helpful in prescribing medicines.

3. ACAS or Aged Care Assessment Service.

4. District Nursing Services.

5. Other health services including speech therapy, podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.


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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 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

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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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