CogniFit's Science blog: Factors And Solutions For Dementia

Factors And Solutions For Dementia

Dementia is an important problem which many people throughout the world must deal with, especially as they grow older. It not only affects the sufferer but his friends and family as well. Dementia is defined as a loss of brain function which occurs in conjunction with other diseases. It is a devastating illness which affects memory, cognitive thinking, language, critical judgment and behavior.

It should be understood that most types of dementia are degenerative and are today seen as irreversible. This means that the changes in the brain which are causing the symptoms of this disease cannot be stopped or reversed. A common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease and the patients who suffer from this tend to grow progressively worse.

Another major cause of dementia occurs from Lewy body disease. This tends to occur more commonly as people grow older. The patients who suffer from this condition have abnormal structures in certain key critical areas of the brain.

Dementia can also occur from other factors such as stroke or a chemical imbalance. There are other medical conditions which can lead to dementia. They can include the following:

• Huntington’s disease
• Multiple sclerosis
• Parkinson’s disease
• Pick’s disease
• Infections of the brain such as Lyme disease or HIV/AIDS

There are some types of dementia which can be corrected if they are found early enough. This can include dementia related to brain injury, brain tumors, chronic alcohol abuse, and changes in blood chemistry such as blood sugar, sodium or calcium levels, and low vitamin levels such as B12.

If a person starts to become affected by dementia, they may exhibit a number of symptoms. This can include memory problems, difficulty with language, emotional outbursts, and cognitive skills such as counting, abstract thinking or creativity.

There are a number of treatments which can help address these symptoms. They are treatments but not cures. However, they slow the progression and severity of them. Some of the treatments can include mental exercises, brain fitness, nutritional supplements, drug therapies and surgical procedures.

Much research is ongoing to develop even more effective treatments. There is a good deal of hope that sufferers of this disease can be helped to achieve a much more normal and full life.

Part of the effectiveness also comes from early detection and treatment. There are a number of commonly used tests and people must be encouraged to take them and identify potential issues.