Dementia & Alzheimer’s Guide

Dementia & Alzheimer̵...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

It is very important to consult a physician so that diagnosis can be confirmed and treatment can be started at the right time. Usually a routine blood test is also conducted, which includes thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), vitamin B12, C-reactive protein, folic acid, calcium, full blood count, liver enzymes, electrolytes, and renal function.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR scan) or CT scan is always performed. Analysis of spinal fluid and electroencephalograms (Brain Wave Measurement) are sometimes required. All these tests help determine the exact underlying cause of Dementia.

Researchers are constantly engaged in developing new drugs to find more innovative ways to cure this medical condition. A person who is suspected to develop Dementia is always advised to consult a neurologist, neuropsychologist, gerontologist, or a physiotherapist to get the proper diagnosis.

It is always best to also remember that treatment depends on the underlying cause. Different causes of Dementia require different treatments. In some cases, drugs are necessary; in others, some non-drug interventions can also help. For instance, cessation of alcohol is needed in alcoholic Dementia. In vascular Dementia, control of blood pressure and aspirin is helpful.

Behavioral symptoms often respond to non-drug interventions, therefore, behavioral management strategies can also be of great help. Dementia patients should be provided with a soothing and stimulating environment of light, color and music which can help a lot in improving the patient’s condition.

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