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For Assessment of the Dementia Stages The reality of what life is like while progressing through the dementia stages is one of the most painful situations a person and their loved ones can experience (Especially during the later stages). Being prepared and knowing what to...Read More
If Dementia is not a disease what is it? What is Dementia? Dementia is the term for a group of signs and symptoms that are a result of alterations in brain function. Dementia symptoms can incorporate asking the identical questions over and over; becoming lost in well-known...Read More
Behavioral Indicators to Look For Typically the beginning the Dementia signs and symptoms are quite understated and somewhat vague, and is not instantly clear if a person has begun the progression of the dementia stages. Early signs and symptoms also fluctuate considerably....Read More
Dementia Activities to Enhance Mental Function During the past decade, studies have revealed that dementia activities can play a large part in controlling dementia. We realize that interacting thwarts being lonely, hopelessness as well as thoughts of suicide. You will discover...Read More
The Importance of Dementia Caregiver Support and Accepting Help Dementia caregiver support is very important. Dementia is disease suffered by the whole family, simply because the continual anxiety of observing a family members gradual decline has an effect on everyone....Read More
To make a distinction between delirium vs dementia there are several factors to take into consideration. One of the first steps in diagnosing dementia is to rule out delirium. A few of the symptoms to look for in delirium are listed below.
• How fast did the person start to exhibit symptoms
• Any history of recent head trauma
• Signs of malnutrition
• Possible drug use or reaction to prescription drugs
• Did the individual recently stop smoking or drinking or even stop using prescription drugs
• Recent illnesses such as infection or flu
Changes in memory and personality that progress slowly over a period of months or even years usually is a sign of dementia. Changes that occur over a period of days or weeks can indicate delirium. In cases of head injuries and other traumatic events, signs of delirium can be almost immediate at times.
Dementia symptoms will typically progress evenly over a long period of time, while in many cases of delirium a person can have varied levels of cognitive function. Ranging from hyper-alertness to a sleepy, lethargic appearance. One very telling sign in discerning delirium vs dementia is that in most cases of delirium an individual is totally unable to stay focused on one task or thought for any length of time.
|Beginning||Sudden, one can usually pinpoint when it started||Slow and gradual, with an uncertain starting point|
|How long it lasts||Days to weeks but can last longer||Almost always irreversible|
|Cause||Typically caused by another condition (sickness, drugs or allergic reaction to prescription drugs, dehydration...etc.)||Usually a chronic brain disorder ( Alzheimer disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia)|
|Progression||Reversible in most cases||Advances gradually|
|Awareness||Variably impaired||Unimpaired until dementia has become severe|
|Reaction at night||Most often worse||Usually worse|
|Attention span||Greatly impaired||Normal until dementia reaches upper stages|
|Orientation to time and place||Varies||Fluctuates according to stage of dementia|
|Ability to remember||Varies||Lost, especially for recent events in latter stages|
|Handling of language||Sometimes slurred, often incoherent, and at times inappropriate||Will struggle to find the right word at times|
|Need for medical assistance||Immediate||Required but less urgent unless in final stage|
There are many causes for dementia or delirium to try to list them all would be futile. I have tried to list some of the more prevalent causes for each condition in the module below.
Here’s a video from the University of Rochester on how to recognized delirium.
Activities for Dementia Patients are very important for the overall health and well-being of an affected person. New ideas are always welcome by professional and family dementia caregivers alike. Activities for dementia patients along with proper exercise and mental vitamins will enhance mental function. Some medical experts claim that the effects of dementia can even be slowed down by using these three phases of dementia care-giving.
Activities for dementia patients should consist of mental exercises that are challenging to the patient. This will push the boundaries of the brain and keep the cognitive juices flowing. Some good activities for dementia patients are listed below.
• A Challenging book involving a somewhat complicated plot. Not too complicated though,
What are the Early Onset Dementia Symptoms? Have you noticed something odd about a loved one lately? Are they finding it difficult to remember important names, dates, places, and events when you ask them about it?
Often people would think that forgetting these things is normal and it’s just part of “getting old”. But what many people may fail to realize is that this could be one of the early onset Dementia symptoms.
Early Onset Dementia Symptoms affect the cognitive function of the brain. Faculties such as judgment, memory, and concentration grow worse as the Dementia Stages progress. Dementia is not merely a single disease but rather a non-specific syndrome. That means that tan ailment is connected with several symptoms that point towards a particular disease or disorder.Read More
Dementia Statistics can come from many sources. As you research Dementia Statistics you will find that not all sources of information agree with each other. This is due in part to the fact that there is still a lot to learn about dementia as a syndrome. A person affected by dementia will show different signs and symptoms depending on the stage of dementia that a patient is in. The dementia stages are assessed by a medical professional using the Global Deterioration Scale or GDS. According to Dementia Statistics there are several types of dementia affecting the population today. It is a progressive condition which means that symptoms can get worse as time passes by. The progress of such symptoms will vary from one person to another and will be effected by the disease in different ways.
According to dementia statistics, the amount of people who dementia are growing in numbers. The Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is an organization in England which is made up of several national Alzheimer’s organizations. They study not only Alzheimer’s, but the other forms of dementia as well. In 2011 they released a report with alarming dementia statistics showing that instances of Alzheimer’s and the other different types of dementia are becoming more and more frequent.
Click here for report: World Alzheimer Report 2011 Executive Summary .pdf
There are many reasons and variables that can account for the increase in dementia statistics. To many to name here. But according to the World Alzheimer Report 2011 Executive Summary on reason is that people are living longer.
With more people living past the age of 60 to 65 there is more chances for them to be effected by the Dementia Stages.
There are a lot of activities for dementia patients that you can do. They are practical and can help you boost the spirits of the patients. How do you choose the right activities for dementia patients? Those who are suffering from dementia would sometimes think that they have no ability to learn new skills or do something that interests them. This is often not the case.
It is thought that a dementia patient does not have the ability to start a hobby or game. Although this is not the case, you may need to properly guide them through the different activities for dementia patients.Read More
Dementia refers to a loss of normal brain function. It tends to adversely affect memory, thinking skills, the ability to mufti-task and can lead to several other disorders. The most common form of Dementia is the Alzheimer’s disease.
There are seven stages of Dementia. These Dementia stages have a progressive nature, meaning each stage is more severe than the previous one. For example, during the first dementia stage there are no such signs of memory loss.Read More
The stages of vascular dementia and the dementia stages are the same. Next to Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia is the most common type of dementia.. There are several causes for this condition aside from genetics and stroke. The main cause for vascular dementia is due to lack of blood circulation in the brain. Even if a person doesn’t suffer from a stroke, he or she might present symptoms and sometimes it could go unnoticed. A person with this condition suffers from memory loss and the loss of cognitive abilities. This is caused by a lack of oxygen supply in the brain. Blockage of the veins that supply blood to the brain is one of the many reasons for this condition.Read More