Dementia is a progressive degenerative brain disease that causes loss of cognitive brain function that can often affect one’s ability to complete normal everyday tasks. Dementia usually starts with memory but can also affect one’s language, problem-solving ability, visual perception, and emotions. There is a wide range of stages of dementia that include early signs where one can function normally with simple cues and reminders, to where one relies completely on others for all basic needs.
There are many types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. Other types of dementia include Vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, Frontotemporal dementia and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH). For most forms of dementia, the goal of treatment is to control the symptoms through a combination of medications, behavior modification and family counseling.
Dementia and memory loss is not a normal part of aging. If you have questions regarding dementia or would like more information on having an evaluation completed, please call 407-303-3408.