An increasing number of seniors in Northbrook and the surrounding Northshore suburbs are living with dementia. Symptoms of dementia are similar across the various types, but specific symptoms can help determine the exact type a senior may have.
The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, and unfortunately there is no cure. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease, which causes the disease progresses over time. However there are illnesses that cause dementia-like symptoms, and researchers say these symptoms can be reversed.
When a senior is showing symptoms of dementia, it is important to meet with a doctor to get the correct diagnosis. The diagnosis will help determine whether or not the dementia symptoms can be reversed. Some of the reversible causes of dementia include depression, thyroid problems, heart disease and head injuries. Other causes like drug and alcohol use, side effects from medication or vitamin deficiencies could be reversible as well. The Cleveland Clinic estimates about 20% of dementia can be treatable or reversed. Although living with any of these conditions is not ideal, at least they can be treated or managed to improve a senior’s cognition.
Dementia cannot be reversed when it is caused by trauma, nor can it be reversed if a senior is living a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s. Trauma and diseases cause significant damage to the brain, which has long-term effects on a person’s memory and cognition. Other examples of irreversible dementia include:
- Lewy Body Dementia
- Vascular Dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
- Fronto-Temporal Dementia
It is important to contact a doctor if a senior suddenly experiences memory loss, because determining the cause of the memory lapse will provide insight on that individual’s memory going forward.
For more information on dementia and care options, please visit www.DementiaHelpers.com.