Dementia - Not All Alzheimer's Disease
So you or your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia what do you need to know?
We will try to answer some questions about a dementia diagnosis and what it does and doesn't mean.
What is the meaning of dementia?
The definition of dementia from the National Institute on Aging is:
Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person's daily life and activities.
Before we go any further let's lay out what dementia is not. Many people get frightened if they can't recall a person's name or they forget where they put something. Even though dementia generally involves memory loss, memory loss has different causes. Having memory loss alone doesn't mean you have dementia. If you are concerned about memory loss the first step should be going to your primary care physician. There are several causes of memory loss or dementia type symptoms that can be treated and reversed.
The common misperception is that anytime the diagnosis of dementia is used it means that the person has Alzheimer's Disease. While Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia it is by far not the only cause of dementia. There are actually five types of progressive non-reversible dementia as follows:
In addition to these five there are four other diseases that symptoms that are dementia type:
Common Symptoms of Dementia
While these are common symptoms of dementia it must be remembered that there are other issues that can cause some, if not all, of these symptoms.
Also of note is the fact that no matter the cause of the symptoms the earlier they are evaluated and diagnosed the more successful treatment can be.
While this post is just a minute amount of the information about the various dementia diagnoses I hope that it has given you new light on this subject. If there is more information you would like to see just subscribe and comment below.