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Definition of Dementia
Dementia is an acquired global impairment of intellect, memory and personality, but without impairment of consciousness. There is often an associated deterioration in emotional control, social behaviour and motivation. Dementia is used both to refer to the primary dementing illness, such as Alzheimer's disease, as well as the process itself, which may be secondary to some other disease (e.g. hypothyroidism). Presenile dementia is the term used for patients under 65 years of age and senile dementia for older patients. However, there is no clinical difference.
Dementia, which is characterized by confusion, memory loss, and disorientation, is not an inevitable part of growing old. In fact, only 15 percent of older Americans suffer from this condition. Of that number, an estimated 60 percent suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a progressive mental deterioration for which no cause or cure has been found.
Causes and incidence of Dementia
An estimated 2 million people in the United States suffer from severe dementia and another 1 to 5 million people experience mild to moderate dementia. Five to eight percent of people over the age of 65 have some form of dementia and the number doubles every 5 years over age 65. The other 40 percent of all dementias can be caused by:
Symptoms of Dementia - Hallucinations
People with dementia often have hallucinations. It's not clear if this is an indication that the dementia is getting worse. But most dementia does worsen over time. Hallucinations can also be a symptom of specific types of dementia, such as Lewy body disease.
Medications are often used to slow the condition down
Dementia is a common mental condition that can occur in older people and can cause them to lose proper brain function over time. However, this condition can be corrected in a number of different cases. For example, it can help to work with a number of different types of medications.
Some of the medications on the market to treat dementia are FDA approved. These include things like Aricept and Exelon. These are used to help slow down the process of dementia but not to reverse it. These work to help stop memory loss and behavioral changes among other difficult things that can occur.
Regular routines can help
Using standard routines in one’s life can work to keep one from losing too much of one’s memory. For example, a regular routine can involve working with a standard walk in the morning or a random household activity during the day. This can be done to allow the mind to be able to work a little better and stronger.
Sensory therapies are useful
An important part of handling dementia involves ensuring that one’s senses are properly stimulated. A good thing to do here is to use sensory stimulation therapies like music therapy to help. This can work to allow a person to have an easier time with recalling different memories and to have an easier time with making a number of different mental connections.
Could a diet change help?
Some people have argued that using Vitamin E can help because it can protect nerve cells from being harmed. However, there is very little evidence that this can actually work. It will help to avoid doing anything that relates to one’s diet and to simply go ahead with the standard processes for treating dementia that were mentioned here earlier.
Diagnostic Criteria of Dementia
Signs and tests of Dementia Disease
A neurologic examination may reveal abnormalities. Early signs of dementia include mild problems with memory or attention. Over time, the following cognitive difficulties may appear:
Treatment and care of Dementia disorder
The goal of treatment is to control the symptoms of dementia. Treatment varies with the specific disorder. Hospitalization may be needed for a short time. The underlying causes should be identified and treated, this includes treating reversible organic lesions such as tumors.
Until the past few years there was little that could be done to alter the course of Alzheimer's disease. Currently there are a few medications that have been shown to afford (at most) a modest transient benefit. The cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept® (donepezil) and Cognex® (tacrine) help some individuals.
Caring for an individual with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Frustration is a normal and valid emotional response to many of the difficulties of being a caregiver. In order to respond without extreme frustration, you will need to:
Types of Dementia
Depression May Up Risk of Dementia in Men
The risk of dementia, especially AD, was significantly increased with premorbid depressive symptoms only in men. The risk was approximately two times greater in those with a history of depression than for those without a history of depression, and was independent of the presence of vascular disease.
"The prevalence and clinical manifestations of both AD and depression differ in men and women," Dal Forno noted in an interview with Reuters Health.
"We know that male and female brains have anatomical and functional differences and are exposed differently to sex hormones throughout life, hormones known to have effects on both depression and AD," she noted. "As a consequence, male and female brains might react to conditions causing or enhancing a disease quite differently, which seems to be precisely what we found in this investigation."
Given the prevalence of depression and increasing longevity worldwide, "clearly the public health and economic implications are significant," the researcher added.
Furthermore, "Prevention of depressive disorders and aggressive as well as long-term treatment of depression may impact on the epidemiology of dementia," she added. "This is particularly relevant in men since they generally are less likely to admit to symptoms of depression and to seek treatment."
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