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Did you know that, while Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia, there are more than 70 other causes of memory loss — many of which are treatable? Also, memory loss falls along a continuum - meaning that many people with memory loss can still engage with productive and meaningful activities, participate with their loved ones, enjoy music, theater and the arts and taste great food!
The truth is that receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating... Fears include: What if anybody knows? Who will take care of me? How will I look after my family? When will I lose my legal rights? Does this mean that I will be in an institution? What will happen to me?
These fears prevent many people from getting an accurate assessment of their memory and cognition, and means that too many people put off diagnosis until it is too late for medicines to help, or struggle alone thinking that they have Alzheimer's Disease when, in fact they have a curable illness that is causing memory loss.
Most people wait for two years or more before receiving help. Their fear means that they cope with their memory loss in silence. Sometimes, family and friends feel too awkward to discuss memory changes with their loved ones. Early diagnosis is key to the best chance of good treatment. It also gives people with incurable memory loss the opportunity to put their affairs in order and to make choices about their care.
Alzheimer's disease symptoms include a progressive loss of recent memory; problems with language, calculation, abstract thinking, and judgment; depression or anxiety; personality and behavioral changes; and disorientation to time and place. - See more at: http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php#sthash.NrWl7uKB.dpuf
Lewy body dementia (LBD) is not a rare disease. It affects an estimated 1.3 million individuals and their families in the United States. Because LBD symptoms can closely resemble other more commonly known diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, it is currently widely under diagnosed. Many doctors or other medical professionals still are not familiar with LBD. - See more at: http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php#sthash.NrWl7uKB.dpuf
is caused by a series of small strokes that deprive the brain of vital oxygen. Symptoms, such as disorientation in familiar locations; walking with rapid, shuffling steps; incontinence; laughing or crying inappropriately; difficulty following instructions; and problems handling money may appear suddenly and worsen with additional strokes. High blood pressure, cigarette smoking, and high cholesterol are some of the risk factors for stroke that may be controlled to prevent vascular dementia.
Fronto-temporal dementia (FTD)
includes several disorders with a variety of symptoms. The most common signs of FTD include changes in personality and behavior, such as inappropriate or compulsive behavior, euphoria, apathy, decline in personal hygiene, and a lack of awareness concerning these changes. Some forms of FTD involve language and speech symptoms or movement changes. - See more at: http://www.livingwellah.com/dementia-care-at-home.php#sthash.NrWl7uKB.dpuf