What are the
symptoms of dementia?
Dementia is not a disease but a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain. These symptoms can be caused
by a number of conditions. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease.
memory loss, especially problems with memory for recent events, such as
forgetting messages, remembering routes or names, and asking questions repetitively
increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require organisation and planning
- becoming confused in unfamiliar environments
- difficulty finding the right words
- difficulty with numbers and/or handling money in shops
- changes in personality and mood
What are the
types of Dementia?
Alzhiemers Dementia, Vascular dementia, Frontotemporal dementia are some of the commonest types of dementia. It is very important
to carefully exclude conditions that could cause memory decline like hypothyroidism, structural brain abnormalities
and depression and rarely some metabolic, infective, vasculitic conditions before a diagnosis of dementia
dementia be cured?
As such, there is no cure for dementia but supportive therapy includes cognitive therapy, memory validation therapies are
helpful. Research is on to fine gene based therapies and stem cell therapy for dementia. Medications are
used to slow down the progression of certain types of dementia.
Usually Dementia is diagnosed after complex neuropsychological evaluation combined with excluding other illnesses that can
cause memory loss by brain scans and blood tests.
What is the
treatment for dementia?
Treatment for dementia is currently supportive and symptomatic. You should consult a Neurologist for a formal diagnosis and
supportive arrangements available locally.