Signs Of Dementia And Alzheimer’s

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Here I am sitting in front of my computer, wondering, “Why am I at my computer? Oh, yeah… an EMS article! What was I going to write?”  Sometimes I just have those days. You too?  I decided to look up some questions on dementia and Alzheimer’s. The following quoted is plagiarized from reliable sources on the Internet. I don’t get graded, or paid, and I admit the plagiarism up front so I think that makes it okay.

“Is there a difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?
Dementia is a syndrome, not a disease. … Dementia is a group of symptoms that affects mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning. Dementia is an umbrella term that Alzheimer’s disease can fall under. It can occur due to a variety of conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.

Who usually gets dementia?
It is rare for someone under 65 to have dementia, but it does occur at younger ages and we call this ‘younger onset dementia’. People often wonder whether dementia is inherited. The answer for most of us is, no. The common forms of dementia are likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Can dementia be brought on by stress?
Too much stress in your life can ultimately lead to depression and dementia, scientists have warned. A major review of published research suggests that chronic stress and anxiety can damage areas of the brain involved in emotional responses, thinking and memory, leading to depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Common early symptoms of dementia include: memory problems, particularly remembering recent events, increasing confusion, reduced concentration, personality or behavior changes, apathy and withdrawal or depression, or a loss of ability to do everyday tasks.

How do you test for dementia?
Diagnosis of dementia: There is no one test to determine if someone has dementia. Doctors diagnose Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia based on a careful medical history, a physical examination, laboratory tests, and the characteristic changes in thinking, day-to-day function and behavior associated with each type.

Can you reverse dementia?
It was thought ‘no’ for quite a while. We now know otherwise. Similarly, dementia can be reversed if caught early enough and by attending to all the factors that affect brain function – including diet, exercise, stress, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, hormonal imbalances, and inflammation. To do this is, in fact, quite simple.”

There’s a lot more specific information online. Just type your question in your browser and it will pop up.

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Stay Well!

Phyllis Brown
Holiday City at Berkeley EMS

 

 

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