What is dementia
Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is a brain and memory condition with various symptoms. It includes issues with thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected enough to interfere with the person’s normal social or working life.
Who gets dementia
Most people with dementia are older. But, there are cases reported where the suffer is in their 40s. So, it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is definitely not a normal part of ageing. While it is more common after the age of 65 years, dementia can happen to anybody.
What causes dementia
Ayurveda finds two reasons. 1) Lifestyle reasons that includes inappropriate routines, nutrition and exercise. 2) Metabolic and vascular insufficiencies. And, 3) The sufferer "realises" his experiences are of no use any more.
Types of dementia
Modern researches have found that there are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer's disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington's disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff's syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.
Is it dementia?
There are a number of conditions that produce symptoms similar to dementia. These include some vitamin and hormone deficiencies, depression, medication clashes or overmedication, infections and brain tumours. It is essential that a medical diagnosis is obtained at an early stage when symptoms first appear, to ensure that a person who has a treatable condition is diagnosed and treated correctly. If the symptoms are caused by dementia, an early diagnosis will mean early access to support, information, and medication should it be available.
Can dementia be inherited?
This will depend on the cause of the dementia, so it is important to have a firm medical diagnosis. If you are concerned about the risk of inheriting dementia, consult your doctor or contact Dementia Australia to speak to a counsellor. Most cases of dementia are not inherited.
What are the early signs of dementia?
The early signs of dementia are very subtle and vague and may not be immediately obvious. Some common symptoms may include:
What is the treatment for dementia
Restoring a personal wellness routine, correcting digestive and metabolic issues, optimising nutrient circulation and engaging the sufferer meaningfully into family, friends or community.
74 year old female with 3 years of severe dementia was totally incapable of looking after herself. She was given the following for 4 weeks: