Did you know that other conditions aside from Alzheimer’s disease can cause dementia? Many people understand that dementia is severe memory loss, but to take the time to truly understand the condition, it is necessary to dig a little deeper.
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Dementia can be broken down into several different types, each having a different cause. Dementia care can change based on the specific type a person suffers from, and early detection can be beneficial in slowing the progression. Some of the most common types of dementia include:
Aside from Alzheimer’s caused dementia, this is the second most common type. Vascular dementia is caused by poor blood flow to the brain, which deprives brain cells of the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly. Strokes, diabetes and hypertension are common causes of this type of dementia. Investing in a dementia care facility can offer your loved one the care and attention they need.
This type of dementia is caused by a rare disorder which damages the brain cells in the frontal and temporal lobes. This can greatly alter an individual’s personality and cause a decline in social skills and emotional apathy. In this specific type of dementia, changes in behavior usually occur before memory loss or speech complications.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
This type of dementia is commonly caused by abnormal protein deposits that form in the nerve cells of the brain stem. This reaction disrupts the brain’s activity and inhibits its ability to function normally. There is no known cure for dementia caused by Lewy bodies, and the best thing a caregiver can do is invest in a quality care facility.
Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
Parkinson’s disease is a known, chronic neurological condition that can have an effect on cognitive functioning. While not all people suffering from Parkinson’s disease will develop dementia, it is a side effect. Finding a dementia care facility that can deal with the progressive nature of this condition is a necessity.
By knowing the different types of dementia, you can be a better caregiver to your loved one. Understanding their specific struggles will make it easier for you to deal with and to find an Alzheimer’s care facility that can assist your loved one in the ways they need it.
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