The definition of dementia, according to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English
Language, is “deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and
judgment, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain. It is sometimes
accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes.” Dementia is a syndrome or a group of symptoms that causes loss of intellectual function and usually progresses over time.
Alzheimer ’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and the one we hear about the most. Not all people with dementia have Alzheimer’s. Different types of dementia exist. Other conditions, such as depression, will also cause dementia symptoms. Careful diagnosis of any dementia is essential in determining proper treatment and intervention.
Types of irreversible dementia include Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Vascular Dementia (stroke), Pick’s Disease, AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, Wilson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (alcohol-related dementia).
Causes of reversible dementia can include depression, drug intoxication, alcohol and other poisons, nutritional deficiencies, brain disorders, diseases, a metabolic condition, organ dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, hydrocephalus, syphilis, encephalitis, and meningitis.
Alzheimer’s is an irreversible dementia condition, but with the appropriate interventions, such irreversible dementias can be managed. Caregivers should seek out education, help, and support. Physicians’ offices typically have resources available to get you started with this process. If you would like further information on the different types of dementia, visit the following websites:
• The Mayo Clinic - www.mayoclinic.com
• The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke –www.ninds.nih.gov
• The National Alzheimer’s Association - www.alz.org.
• Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) -
• Web MD - www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-dementia
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