Alcohol Related Dementia How does alcohol Cause Dementia

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Alcohol related dementia – its causes and how it affects people

Alcohol Related DementiaAlcohol related dementia is a medical condition which is sometimes referred to as Wernicke-Korsakoff’s Syndrome or Wet brain. It is caused by excessive drinking over a long period of time, which eventually leads to learning, cognitive and memory problems. The risks of developing alcohol related dementia are higher for people who abuse alcohol. Alcohol related dementia can set in really early, as early as age thirty but the most common ages is between age 65 and age 70.

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Delirium vs Dementia – What are the Differences

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Delirium vs Dementia – Are they the same?

 

Seven Dementia Stages - Delirium vs DementiaTo 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.

 

Delirium vs Dementia Reference Chart

AttributeDeliriumDementia
BeginningSudden, one can usually pinpoint when it startedSlow and gradual, with an uncertain starting point
How long it lastsDays to weeks but can last longerAlmost always irreversible
CauseTypically 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)
ProgressionReversible in most casesAdvances gradually
AwarenessVariably impairedUnimpaired until dementia has become severe
Reaction at nightMost often worseUsually worse
Attention spanGreatly impairedNormal until dementia reaches upper stages
Orientation to time and placeVariesFluctuates according to stage of dementia
Ability to rememberVariesLost, especially for recent events in latter stages
Handling of languageSometimes slurred, often incoherent, and at times inappropriateWill struggle to find the right word at times
Need for medical assistanceImmediateRequired but less urgent unless in final stage

 

 

Causes – Delirium vs Dementia

 

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.

An acute medical illness, such as a urinary tract infection or influenza, A “brain event,” such as stroke or bleeding from an unrecognized head injury, An adverse reaction to a medication, mix of medications or to alcohol Withdrawal from abruptly stopping a medication, alcohol or nicotine
Alzheimer’s, Deficiencies in blood flow to the brain over time (Vascular Dementia), Lack of proper vitamins and minerals, Diabetes, Multiple sclerosis, Brain Injury, Chronic Alcoholism, Some Brain Tumors.

 

Here’s a video from the University of Rochester on how to recognized delirium.

 

 

 

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Activities for Dementia Patients and Exercises for a Healthy Brain

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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.

Mental Activities

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,

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Early Onset Dementia Symptoms and Signs to Look For

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Dementia Stages- Early Onset Dementia SymptomsInitial Signs and Symptoms of Early Onset Dementia

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.

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Dementia Statistics and Information You Should Know

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Dementia Stages - Dementia StatisticsAn Informative Look at Several Dementia Statistics

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 [1].pdf

Here are a few Dementia Statistics from the report:

  • As of 2010 35.6 million people have  Dementia worldwide.
  • By 2030 an estimated 65.7 million people will be suffering from Dementia.
  • 58% of people with Dementia live in developing countries.
  • China, Asia and southern Asia are the regions where instances of Dementia are increasing the fastest.
  • The total worldwide cost of the different types of dementia is 604 billion. (This includes costs for in home family care, community care and direct medical costs such as hospitals and Doctors.)
  • Only 20% to 50% of cases of dementia are found and assessed. In low and middle-income regions the percentage is worse. In India one study suggests that as many as 90% of cases of dementia go undiagnosed.

What is causing these increases?

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.

Demographic aging is a worldwide process that shows the successes of improved health care over the last century. Many are now living longer and healthier lives and so the world population has a greater proportion of older people. Dementia mainly affects older people, although there is a growing awareness of cases that start before the age of 65. By 2050, people aged 60 and over will account for 22% of the world’s population, with four-fifths living in Asia, Latin America or Africa….Alzheimer’s disease International.

 

With more people living past the age of 60 to 65 there is more chances for them to be effected by the Dementia Stages.

 

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Activities For Dementia Patients and How to Implement Them

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 What Dementia Activity is Best for You or Your Loved One?

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.

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The Global Deterioration Scale and the Dementia Stages

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The Global Deterioration Scale and the Dementia Stages

 

Dementia is a condition that can be assessed by using the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS). It describes outlines the seven dementia stages and what symptoms to look for in each stage.

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.

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