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Posted by Andria Harris on Nov 25, 2012

What is Dementia?
It is a symptom
It exhibits memory problems and other cognitive issues which do disrupt ones activities of daily living. Say dementia is the cause of many degenerative brain diseases and Alzheimer’s is one of them. Let us describe it as a huge tree trunk and these diseases are its branches, at least this is how I see it.
These are the branches of Dementia:
1. Alzheimer’s Disease (the most common and the 6th leading cause of death in the USA)
2. Vascular Dementia/Multi-infract Dementia ( the 2nd common)
3. Frontotemporal Dementia
4. Lewie Body Disease
5. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
6. Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)
7. Mixed Dementia
8. Parkinson’s Disease
9. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease- in a Nut Shell
It is the most common form of dementia, degenerative and gets worse over time
There is no known cure for it, caused by the symptom Dementia
It is not a part of the normal process of aging
It is 70-80% of all the cases of dementia
It is fatal, and age is a risk, the cause is still unknown
What Does Alzheimer’s do?
It severely affects the area of the brain that is responsible for thinking, memory, judgment. It affects mood and behavior, eventually disrupts the ability to carry out all activities of daily living.
It eventually leads to death when the brain cells die, thus causing the brain to shrink considerably
There are three stages of Alzheimer’s
1. Mild Stage
2. Moderate Stage
3. Severe Stage