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Untreatable Dementia

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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.


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.”


Dementia & Caregivers

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Dementia patients need proper care and attention more than anything else. Drugs can only slow down the mental degradation process. If proper care is not given, a cure may already be impossible as the condition progresses to an irreversible state.

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The patient’s family, as always, is the best source of help. Family members can give the much needed care and emotional support to the patient. They can best help the patient by trying to tell stories and happy memories to make the patient remember things. This can give the patient relief and hope for a cure and a better future.

If family members are not able to cope with the demands of the patient with Dementia, nurses and caregivers can be hired to look after the patient. These health practitioners are knowledgeable about the condition and can definitely help the patient go through the daily activities required to cope with the disease.


Dementia Support Groups

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Dementia is a medical condition that requires a lot of help and support for the patient. A dementia patient and his family may have difficulty dealing with the situation by themselves. The existence of support groups and institutions is definitely a big help for them.

Dementia Care CentersThere are day hospitals and care centers in most communities that specialize in this mental disorder. Generally, these institutions provide therapies for the patient. Some techniques are also applied by caregivers and nurses to help the patient improve their gradually decreasing memory.

These techniques include reminding the patient the time of the day, naming a familiar person, and remembering some of the patient’s personal background.


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.


Famous People With Dementia

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One cause of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. This disease has been known to attack elderly people and cause them to forget things about themselves. Alzheimer’s disease does not pick on whom to inflict. If it is bound to happen, it will happen. Even famous people can have Alzheimer’s. Here are some known personalities who had this disease and short stories about how they went on with their life having Alzheimer’s:

President Ronald Reagan

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The late President Reagan was one of those people who suffered from this fatal memory loss. Though the symptoms were realized years after his term had ended, he might had some hints of waning mental abilities when he was still in the White House. He once joked to his doctor on one of his regular checkups, “I have three things that I want to tell you today. The first is that I seem to be having a little problem with my memory. I cannot remember the other two.” People with Alzheimer’s disease seem to know that something is not right even during the early stages.


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.


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