Dementia is a major neurocognitive disorder that causes problems with thinking, memory, and reasoning. Dementia is not a disease, but rather, a group of symptoms caused by other conditions. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.
We at Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine offer various treatments that can help patients manage their dementia symptoms. To learn more about dementia treatment or to schedule a consultation, call (713) 690-1991 or contact us online today!
Dementia occurs when parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory, decision making, and language become damaged or diseased. This condition is sometimes called senility when it occurs at an advanced age.
There are many different types of dementia, depending on what disorder is causing it. Manageable diseases that cause progressive and irreversible dementia include:
Other disorders linked to dementia include:
Treatment can halt or reverse some causes and forms of dementia, including:
Risk factors that may lead to dementia include:
Other risk factors of dementia that may be reversible include:
Though dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms vary depending on the conditions that cause them, the most common symptoms are memory loss and confusion. Other symptoms that affect cognitive function may include having difficulty:
Psychological symptoms of dementia can include personality changes, such as:
If not properly treated, dementia may lead to:
A diagnosis of dementia requires that at least two core mental functions are impaired enough to interfere with daily life. There is no single test for dementia, but multiple tests that can be used include:
Your healthcare provider may ask a person close to you about your symptoms as well.
Dementia can be managed through medication, therapies, and lifestyle changes. Medication that can be used to temporarily improve dementia symptoms − as well as used for Alzheimer’s treatment − include:
Therapies that may be used to treat behaviors caused by dementia include occupational therapy to help you learn to cope and prepare for your symptoms, as well as modifying tasks and the environment to make it easier for someone with dementia to focus and function.
Other therapies that might be used in dementia treatment include:
Lifestyle changes that may help patients better navigate through their daily lives include:
Ways to prevent dementia may include:
Dementia can affect every aspect of your life, as well as the lives of those closest to you. That’s why we at Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine are willing to help. To make an appointment with us and begin your dementia treatment today, call (713) 690-1991 or contact us online.
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Dementia hallucinations are the result of changes that occur in the brains of those with dementia. Hallucinations are when someone smells, tastes, feels, hears, or otherwise senses something that does not exist. Unless the hallucination is endangering the patient or others around them, it may be best to let the person be. A healthcare provider can advise you on how to best help a dementia patient move past a destressing hallucination.
The early onset signs of dementia may include subtle, short term memory loss or confusion, abnormal changes in mood, difficulty finding the right words (anomic aphasia), repetition, losing sense of direction, and difficulty completing normal tasks.
There are many different diseases that can cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia. Some of the numerous risk factors that may lead to dementia include being 65 years or older, family history of dementia, high blood pressure, or smoking.
No. Dementia refers to a group of symptoms caused by other conditions. Alzheimer's disease is simply the most common cause of dementia.
Dementia can be managed through medication, therapies, and lifestyle changes.
Patients with dementia often suffer personality changes, such as depressed mood, anxiety, apathy, and agitation.