Are There Different Kinds of Dementia?

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Dementia is the word that doctors use to describe brain changes that lead to memory loss, language, and the ability to make sound decisions.
Many people associate these kinds of brain changes with Alzheimer’s disease because it is perhaps the most well-known form of dementia. However, there are actually many other kinds of dementia.

 

Caregiver in Aventura FL: Different Kinds of Dementia

Caregiver in Aventura FL: Different Kinds of Dementia

 

Kinds of Dementia

Most types of dementia are caused by incurable diseases and are not reversible. A few are caused by things like medication side effects, emotional problems, alcohol consumption, and kidney problems. When these underlying problems are treated, dementia goes away.

 

Some of the most common kinds of dementia are:

-Alzheimer’s Disease: Up to 80 percent of dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Early signs of dementia include being unable to remember recent events, names of people, and conversations they have had. As more cells in the brain die off, symptoms get progressively worse until the senior is entirely reliant on others for their care.

-Lewy Body Dementia: The symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia are similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease. However, the way the disease changes the brain is different because of the presence of protein clusters called Lewy Bodies.

-Parkinson’s Disease: Although Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects motor control, in its advanced stages people often develop dementia. They may have trouble reasoning and experience hallucinations.

-Huntington’s Disease: Huntington’s disease usually strikes people when they are between the ages of 30 and 50. It is a genetic condition that causes mood changes, movement disorders, and cognitive decline.

-Pick’s Disease: This condition is also known as frontotemporal dementia. It tends to run in families and causes loss of inhibitions and compulsive behaviors as well as speech and memory problems.

-Vascular Dementia: This kind of dementia sometimes happens after a person has a stroke. It impairs the senior’s ability to think and affects movement.

 

What Elderly Care Can Do for Seniors with Dementia

Elderly care providers can be an important part of a dementia patient’s care team. Elderly care providers can come to the older adult’s home and make sure they are safe and comfortable while family caregivers are away. Elderly care providers can watch the senior, so they don’t engage in dangerous behaviors like wandering. They can also make sure the person eats a healthy meal and drinks enough liquids. Elderly care providers can also help them to do activities that are fulfilling and keep them from getting bored and frustrated.

 

If you or a family member are in need of a Caregiver in Aventura, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.
Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

 

Sources
Healthline.com
Nia.nih.gov
Medicalnewstoday.com

About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.