What is dementia? The word refers to a mental decline in two or more core areas of brain function—including memory, judgment, communication, or language—that interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to
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It’s important to be familiar with the signs of dementia in men; early diagnosis allows for initiation of treatment and planning for the future.
Dementia is a term used to describe significant impairment of two or more critical brain functions (such as memory, language, judgment, or reasoning) that impacts a person’s
Many people answer the question “What causes dementia?” by linking it to Alzheimer’s disease. Others ask the question, “Is dementia a disease?” The better question is really, “What does dementia mean?” The term is used to describe the decline in memory and thinking skills seen in many different diseases ranging
The critical difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). So, the answer to the question, “Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and
Most people are familiar with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but not so much with Lewy body dementia (LBD). It affects an estimated one million Americans, according to the National Institute on Aging. The late actor-comedian Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease but autopsy showed there were Lewy bodies widely spread
Alzheimer’s research has made great strides in recent years. Scientists have found new ways to diagnose the disease while it’s still in its early stages. Blood tests and brain scans may be able to spot the presence of beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s markers before symptoms appear. And although no definitive
No one test will prove that a person has Alzheimer’s disease. However, a skilled physician can conduct a comprehensive evaluation and make the diagnosis with more than 90 percent accuracy.
Alzheimer’s disease actually starts to develop before symptoms become apparent. The plaques and tangles most likely exist within the brain for
Just about everyone experiences some memory lapses as they age. You may forget the name of someone you just met or not remember where you parked the car. Most memory slips like this can be overcome with memory tricks or by being more organized (such as always putting your glasses
What is vascular dementia? It refers to a spectrum of cognitive impairments resulting from damage to blood vessels in the brain. Stroke, either a significant singular stroke or multiple smaller strokes, is a major cause of vascular dementia (VaD), but any disease process that damages blood vessels in the brain