Most people have heard of Alzheimer’s, but did you know that this is just one of the different types of dementia that are common in the elderly?
Dementia is a deterioration of the brain that leads to changes in memory, personality, and other functions. There are over ten types of dementia known to doctors, but the four that are most common are listed below.
- Alzheimer’s Disease – Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Its symptoms include confusion, anxiety, paranoia, and, most notably, memory loss. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is still unknown to doctors and scientists at this time, but it is thought to be due in part to certain changes in the brain. It is not possible to stop the progression of this disease, or to cute it, but it can be somewhat managed with medicine and with lifestyle changes.
- Lewy Body Dementia – Lewy Body Dementia is another fairly common type of dementia, and is often associated with Parkinson’s Disease. It is caused by abnormal protein growths on nerve cells, which causes them to stop functioning correctly. Some of the symptoms of this illness include memory loss, sleep problems, and visual hallucinations.
- Vascular Dementia – Vascular dementia is the second leading cause of dementia, and is caused by bleeding in the brain. This usually occurs after a stroke, and causes symptoms like impaired judgment, memory loss, and loss of motivation. This dementia doesn’t go away, but protecting the brain from any further strokes or other traumas can keep it from getting worse.
- Frontotemporal Dementia – Frontotemporal dementia is less common than the other three types of dementia listed here, and its symptoms include anxiety, depression, loss of motivation, and a loss of inhibition, leading the sufferer to appear almost drunk at times. It occurs when the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain shrink in size and are damaged in some way, leading to personality changes.
If you or your home care aide see the symptoms of any of these types of dementia in your aging loved one, schedule a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible, as early detection can make a huge difference. None of these types of dementia have a cure, per se, but most of them can be managed with medications or homeopathic treatments.
Even the symptoms of Frontotemporal dementia, which is incurable and mostly untreatable, can be controlled with medications, making the mood swings and wild behavior of the sufferer less of a problem for them and the people around them.
If you already know that your loved one has one of these four types of dementia, you might consider home care as an option as the disease progresses. Home care aides can help with the problems that come from loss of memory, such as cooking, cleaning, and getting dressed, and they can make things a lot easier within the household. Home care aides can help keep your loved one healthier and happier for longer, which can help to relieve some of the stress on you as the family caregiver.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Katy TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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