It is very important for those that have to deal with dementia to understand that there are different forms of this disease. It is comprised of neurodegenerative disorders which includes AD, frontal temporal disorders as well as Lewy body dementia or Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (shortened as CJD). These forms of dementia are progressive and there are no cures for them.
There are other types of dementia that can be stopped, or their symptoms can even be reversed. This is why it is so critically important to discover what the cause of the dementia is so a proper treatment plan can be put into place.
One of the most common forms and what many people are familiar with or at least have heard of is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This accounts for about 60 to 80% of the dementia cases. There are a lot of symptoms that can come with it and they have to be diagnosed properly.
In the beginning it may be a signal that someone is suffering with Alzheimer’s if they’re not able to remember conversations that they had just recently. Not remembering names or events is also another early sign. Depression can also come with the early stages of Alzheimer’s. As time progresses and the disease does as well the symptoms will begin to appear such as poor judgment or being disorientated and confused and not able to communicate properly. Some individuals suffering with this may have difficulty swallowing and walking.
Another type of dementia that often has to be dealt with is vascular dementia. This is sometimes called post stroke dementia and it’s not as common as Alzheimer’s as only about 10% of the cases are attributed to vascular dementia. One of the first symptoms to appear in the individual suffering with it are not able to use good judgment or are not able to make decisions. What is happening here is that there may be blood vessel blockage or damage that could lead to even more strokes or bleeding in the brain.