The Impact of Dementia
Dementia is typically defined as a group of symptoms caused by disorders within the brain. People with dementia may not be able to perform routine activities like dressing or eating. They may not be able to solve simple problems and can have difficulty controlling their emotions. In fact an entire personality change may occur and they are likely to become easily upset over events that may not even be real.
While memory loss is a symptom of dementia, having an impaired memory doesn’t mean dementia has set in. Dementia patients typically have two or more major brain problems, such as memory or language difficulties. Dementia is common among the very elderly, but is not considered a normal part of the aging process.
According to emedicinehealth.com symptoms of dementia can vary between patients. Dementia warning signs include forgetting names, difficulty finding the right word, difficulty performing routine tasks, changes in personality, uncharacteristic behavior, mood swings, poor judgment, paranoia, and confusion. Displaying these symptoms does not mean you have dementia, but it could.
There are many different causes of dementia, and some are difficult to diagnose. Disease, infections, stroke, head injuries, and even nutritional deficiencies are known causes of dementia. Vascular dementia is the most common form, and is caused by hardening of the arteries, also called atherosclerosis within the brain. Fats, dead cells and other debris can block arteries causing multiple strokes, or interruptions of blood flow. These interruptions are called infractions. Furthermore, vascular dementia is related to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes.
Some people with Parkinson’s disease develop dementia in the latter stages of the disease. The ability to reason, memory and speech are most affected. However, not all people with Parkinson’s disease develop dementia. On the other hand people with Huntington’s disease are likely to have dementia.
There are certain dementia symptoms that can at times be reversed, or partially reversed. Dementia from head injuries such as automobile accidents or gunshot wounds can sometimes be at least partially reversed. Brain infections like meningitis and syphilis can sometimes be reversed. If too much brain fluid gathers outside the brain, it causes hydrocephalus, which can cause dementia. In addition, brain tumors can cause symptoms of dementia; however treatment can at times improve the condition.
Medicine Plus says people displaying the early signs of dementia may have difficulty balancing a checkbook or have difficulty learning a new routine. The changes occurring in the person may be subtle and go unnoticed in the beginning stages of the disorder. During these early stages the person may become lost in familiar surroundings, may lose items, and act in an inappropriate manner. The best way to determine if something is wrong is to visit the doctor as soon as possible.
Caring for a dementia patient can be frustrating and difficult; however Allegro Medical offers quality products that make the job easier. They offer wheelchairs, alarms, tableware, motion alarms, stimulation kits, eating evaluation kits. Loving care with the proper tools improves the patient’s quality of life.