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Key Information About Dementia

Updated on May 21, 2019
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Overview

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it has a negative impact on the affected person's daily life and activities.

Majority of people affected by dementia experience rejection, loneliness and shame, and feel less competent.

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As many as 50 million people across the world have dementia.

Types

About 60 percent to 80 percent of all dementia cases are Alzheimer’s disease. Other types of dementia include Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia.

Causes

Dementia is usually caused by degeneration in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thoughts, memories, actions, and personality. Progressive brain cell death that happens over time is associated with most dementias.

Breakdown of nerve cells and their connections in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain leads to dementia.

Processed cheeses, processed meats, beer, white foods and microwave popcorn increase the risk of dementia.

Symptoms

Memory issues (especially loss of memory of recent events), changes in behavior, apathy, inability to focus, confusion, difficulty in learning new information, changes in personality and depression are some symptoms of dementia.

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One of the greatest challenges, when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, is coping with difficult behaviors.

— Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH

Diagnosis

People displaying symptoms of dementia are given tests to check their mental abilities like memory and thinking. These tests are called cognitive assessments. They may be done initially by your doctor.

Treatment

There are no medicines to cure dementia. Doctors usually prescribe medication that provides relief from symptoms.

Medicines prescribed include donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine.

Unfortunately research on medicines that can be used to treat various forms of dementia and causes has been slow.

It is important for you and your care partner to identify a team of experts who can help with coordinating care and with the legal, financial and emotional challenges brought on by dementia.

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Prevention

It is not easy to prevent dementia; however, you can reduce the risk by implementing these strategies:

  • Say no to tobacco.
  • Maintain your BMI between 18.5 and 24.9.
  • Do yoga daily.
  • Meditate daily.
  • Sleep for about eight hours at night.
  • Adhere to a balanced diet. Include berries, coffee, leafy green vegetables, nuts, dark chocolate, cinnamon and turmeric in your diet.
  • The more the human brain is allowed to remain unused, the more susceptible it is to dementia. So never hesitate to give work to your brain. You may solve crossword puzzles or learn a new language. Pursue your hobbies with passion.

Are you taking adequate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from dementia?

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Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our time.

— Alzheimer's Research UK

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Srikanth R

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