Types of Dementia and Anthem Senior Living in Phoenix, AZ

01 Feb 2019

There has been an increase in the number of Dementia cases in USA. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities which makes it difficult for an individual to live a normal life. The signs and symptoms of dementia result when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, and die. Every individual loses some neurons with aging, the loss tends to be higher in people with dementia. Although dementia is common as people grow older, it isn’t a normal part of aging. There have been cases of many people living into their 90s and beyond without any signs of dementia. A type of dementia known as frontotemporal disorders, is more common in middle-aged than older adults.

Taking care of an older adult suffering from dementia can be challenging. The best option to consider is going for an assisted living facility for good care of your senior loved one. If you are a resident of the Phoenix region in AZ, look no further than the award-winning Anthem Senior Living for the best form of senior care and support for your beloved.

Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest to the most severe stage which makes a person dependent completely on others for basic activities of living. Causes of dementia vary which depends on the types of brain changes that may be taking place with the most common cause being Alzheimer’s. Other dementias include Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal disorders, and vascular dementia. People having mixed dementia isn’t uncommon. For instance, some people have both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Dementia Types:

Alzheimer’s Disease– It is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. As per estimates, as many as 5.5 million Americans age 65 and older may have Alzheimer’s with the most important known risk factor being aging.

Frontotemporal disorders– Forms of dementia caused by damage to the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes are called frontotemporal disorders. The disorders are the result of damage to neurons (nerve cells) in parts of the brain called the frontal and temporal lobes.

Lewy Body Dementia– This disease is associated with abnormal protein deposits called alpha-synuclein in the brain. The deposits, known as Lewy bodies causes changes in chemicals in the brain which leads to problems with thinking, movement, behavior, and mood. LBD is considered the most common cause of dementia and its diagnosis can be challenging.

Other types of progressive brain disease are vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia and mixed dementia.

Memory problems can occur due to certain medical conditions which tends to go away with the treatment of the conditions. Medical conditions include:

  1. Side-effects of medicines.
  2. Deficiencies in certain vitamins.
  3. Blood clots, tumors, or infections in the brain.
  4. Delirium (a condition that features rapidly changing mental states causing confusion and changes in behavior).
  5. Problems with thyroid, kidney or liver.
  6. Head injury.
  7. Emotional problems like stress, anxiety, or depression.
  8. Excess alcohol consumption.

As per doctors, some other conditions that can cause dementia or dementia-like symptoms are

  1. HIV-associated dementia (HAD)
  2. Huntington’s disease
  3. A rare brain disorder by the name of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  4. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)

Hope, you find this information to be useful.

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