With the statistical rate of dementia and Alzheimer’s at nearly 50 million people globally, it is no wonder that many of us are more conscious than ever of possible signs of these in ourselves and the people around us. And, as the instances of diagnosed dementia and Alzheimer’s goes up each year by nearly 8 million people, it has almost reached crisis proportions. The best way to properly assess any suspected systems is to become more knowledgeable about it as well as some ways you can work to prevent the onset of this crippling affliction.
What exactly is Dementia?
When most people refer to dementia, they oftentimes categorize it as a disease. In fact, it is not a disease, but rather a syndrome brought about as a result of brain diseases or brain injuries. This can include strokes, Alzheimer’s, traumatic injury, and some genetic brain disorders.
Dementia can precipitate in a few ways as a chronic problem or one that slowly progresses into full-blown Alzheimer’s and robs an individual completely of their cognitive abilities. Some signs to be aware of that may signal the onset of dementia are as follows:
- Regular bouts of disorientation
- Difficulty with memory
- Chaotic thought process
- Missing words
- Impaired judgment
- Inability to calculate
Although we all may experience these lapses in cognitive function from time to time, a serious issue with these symptoms is when they occur regularly and even chronically to any individual causing the person to need help in completing tasks.
Stages of Dementia
There are typically obvious and delineated stages of dementia that can be observed, diagnosed, and monitored.
- Stage 1 – This is when a person can’t remember things that are common to them such as familiar names or why they came into a room or went to the store.
- Stage 2 — This will evolve into a more blatant lack of remembering of even the name of a spouse or child
- Stage 3 – It will then lead to a complete lack of cognitive awareness and then needing a wheelchair for mobility
Forms of Dementia
As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s affects between 50-70% of people who have been diagnosed with dementia. But there are several other forms of dementia as well:
1. Vascular Dementia
As the second most common form of dementia, this type is usually brought about by the effects of a stroke when bleeding on the brain occurs. Symptomatically, it manifests in the following ways:
- Loss of memory
- Inability to organize
- Severe lack of motivation
- Poor judgment
2. Lewy Body Dementia
When dementia occurs in this way, it is brought about when there is a lack of normal proteins in the nerve cells of the body and lead to a severe impairment of cognitive functions. Symptomatically, a person who may be progressing with this if they are experiencing the following:
- Chronic sleeplessness
- Loss of memory
- Glazed over or lack of alertness
3. Frontotemporal Dementia
This is the rarest form of dementia, but it is still regularly put in the top four of the most commonly diagnosed types. This type occurs when there is a form of damage to the brain. There is not a pronounced lack of memory; instead, the symptoms of this type of dementia usually are observed in mood swings and extreme behavior changes in a person that includes the following:
- Obsessive or compulsive actions
- Extreme apathy
- Pronounced anxiety leading to panic attacks
- Inappropriate behavior in social environments
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