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Living Happy with Dementia

August 19, 2021 | Blog

Would it shock you to know there are over 400 different types of dementia? Dementia itself isn’t a specific disease, but in actuality, dementia is a general term to describe memory loss, language, problem solving and other thinking abilities.

Dementia is most likely to develop in people 65 year and older, but it is possible for it to occur in younger people as well.

The most common types of dementia are:

Alzheimer’s disease – Develops slowly, over several years. The early stages have been described as mild forgetfulness, some difficulty forming new memories or difficulty in finding the right words.

Vascular dementia – Causes memory loss, language difficulties, and problems with problem solving. The exact cause is unknown, but most researchers believe the cause is linked to clots (sepsis) that block blood flow to the brain.

Lewy Body disease – A very common type of dementia and effects about one in five people over the age of 65. It occurs when the brain develops abnormal deposits of a protein called alpha-synuclein. The deposits eventually grow into Lewy bodies, a pattern that eventually stops brain tissue and blood flow to the brain.

Fronto-temporal dementia – Thought to be caused by brain shrinkage (vascular dementia) at the front of the brain that affects the motor function, comprehension and communication.

Early Onsetdementia – This typical affects those in their 40s and 50s, and stems from a strong family history of dementia.

However, dementia doesn’t stop there. As stated before, there are more than 400 types, and the Alzheimer’s Association has a number of resources to explain some other types of dementia, such as Huntington’s Disease or mixed dementia.

These diseases are rarer in occurrence, but still have just as much as an impact to those affected as the more common types.

Risk factors for dementia include, age, family history, heavy alcohol and many more, according to MedicineNet.com.

The key to having a successful conversation around memory loss is to be open and honest about what’s going on. Often people try to hide their symptoms and the more they do so, the more disassociated they become from the reality of their life.

As specialists in memory care, we believe everyone’s life is a special story. In our Spring Cottage Memory Care Environments and Poet’s Walk Spring Hills Memory Care Communities, to honor that story is to join those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other forms of memory impairments where they are in their story of life. Our holistic approach goes far beyond supervision. Our goal is to encourage their abilities, joining them on their journey.

Contact us now to learn more about our Memory Care services.

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