Dementia is a term that is used to describe an overall condition caused by various brain diseases.
It is typically diagnosed when two or more cognitive functions – memory, language, behavior, and judgement – are affected and reduced.
Dementia is a progressive condition which can worsen over time. The disease usually occurs among the elderly, but it can set on in younger people as well. Because of its progressive nature, dementia often begins with mild cognitive impairment and leads to the late stage, which can be severe.
There are several factors that contribute to a case of dementia. Here are three important things to know.
Dementia has several symptoms
Dementia is not a natural part of the aging process. Everyone gets forgetful from time to time, but early symptoms of the disease can include regular forgetfulness of common words or important dates, not recognizing familiar places or people, intense mood swings, needing to have information repeated, and impaired judgment. These symptoms may indicate an abnormal situation and early detection is important.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease
Although dementia is comprised of a range of symptoms and not one specific diagnosis, Alzheimer’s is the most common form dementia takes, accounting for more than 60% of all cases. Other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and chronic alcoholism can contribute to cases of dementia as well.
Testing is comprehensive
There is no singular test to diagnose dementia. Instead, a healthcare professional will conduct a comprehensive series of tests to determine if the condition is present. These can include blood tests, a physical exam, your patient history, and various behavioral and memory assessments.
Although dementia is a serious and confusing condition, people can still live normal, productive lives after being diagnosed. Despite its unsettling nature, many people function well with the condition through medications, occupational therapies, new and existing hobbies, and other engaging social programs that a supportive living community can provide.
For more information on dementia and ways to live better with the condition, visit our website or call us at 630-406-9440.
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