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Dementia

When dementia is affecting your loved ones' daily lives, specialized care from trained professionals must be available.

senior and a woman holding handsDementia is an umbrella term that encompasses a number of conditions characterized by a decline in mental ability. Dementia is caused by a number of age-related changes in the brain which can be progressive and permanent. However, there are some symptoms of dementia which can be reversed. These include:

  • excessive consumption of alcohol
  • the side effects of medications taken
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • depression

A memory care community can prove to be beneficial for those with dementia. The following are the different types of dementia:

Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia. It accounts for around 60% to 80% of all dementia patients.

Vascular Dementia
The second most common type of dementia is vascular dementia, also known as vascular cognitive impairment. It accounts for around 20% to 30% of all dementia cases. Many believed that vascular dementia is under-diagnosed. Instead of memory loss, the initial symptom of this condition is impaired judgment reducing from reduced blood flow to the patient’s brain.

Lewy Body Dementia
About 10% to 25% of all dementia cases are attributed to Lewy Body Dementia which is considered the third most common type of dementia. Patients with this type of dementia often have symptoms similar to those with Alzheimer’s disease, such as memory loss, after having symptoms of Parkinson’s disease or those that affect the body’s movements. Diagnosis of this condition is best left to the professional judgment of a doctor.

Mixed Dementia
Also known as multi-factorial dementia, this condition is characterized by the simultaneous occurrence of the symptoms of more than one type of dementia. This means that the patient may have Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Alzheimer’s disease with Vascular dementia, or even all three of them.

Parkinson’s Disease
This disease results in difficulties with physical movements and body coordination along with shaking. Parkinson’s disease often results in Alzheimer’s disease or Lewy Body dementia which affects the mental functions of the patient.

IDE Health Services, Inc. has licensed healthcare professionals who are competent and proficient in providing dementia and memory care to patients with the aforementioned types. If you’d like to know how we can assist you and your loved ones further, please call 240-305-2866.