With the loss of memory, thinking ability, and reasoning, dementia is viewed as one of the most fearful medical conditions that anyone could develop. It can interfere with your everyday life and these changes can be hard to take. Many things can cause dementia. For a person, who has had all their mental faculties throughout their life, the brain if often taken for granted, when it gets damaged, dementia can occur.
What is Dementia?
Did you know that dementia is not considered a disease? It is a symptom that is caused by other types of diseases. The most well know of which, is Alzheimer’s disease, as 80% of adults who have dementia also have Alzheimer’s. About 8% of adults aged 65 and above develop some form of dementia.
What are the Types of Dementia?
To understand dementia, we first have to know how many types of dementia there are. Dementia can be split into two main groups, depending on which part of the brain is affected.
- Cortical dementia: This affects the cerebral cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain. The cerebral cortex plays a critical role in language skills and memory. Those with cortical dementia suffer from severe memory loss and will almost certainly lose their grasp on languages.
- Subcortical dementia: This affects the part of the brain underneath the cerebral cortex. Those with subcortical dementia tend to lose their speed of thinking. They do not suffer any loss of understanding languages though. This type of dementia can be caused by diseases such as Hungtington’s.
What Diseases can Cause Dementia?
There are many diseases that can cause the onset of dementia, of which the most common ones are:
If our loved ones develop any of these diseases, the effects of dementia can worsen over time. Vascular disorders are also conditions that can affect your brain’s blood circulation. Infections of the body’s nervous system such as meningitis, brain injuries resulting from an accident or fall, and long-term alcohol and drug abuse can also lead to dementia. There are also certain risks factors that comes to play as well. A person’s age, existing illnesses such as diabetes and sleep apnea, depression, and a family history of dementia also play be a major factor in whether a person might develop demensia. At this time, dementia has no known cure and anyone can develop them. Despite all the necessary precautions, dementia is unforgiving and a way to handle it is to understand this condition thoroughly.
Why Choose Discovery Commons At Wildewood
If your loved ones have dementia or are stating to show symptoms, it can be managed. Making them feel comfortable and at peace is the first step to recovery. There are special living arrangements that you can look into that provide exceptional care for people with dementia. If you are looking for one, then consider letting your loved ones stay at a community home. Discovery Commons At Wildewood is the place to be. We have many living programs on offer, with state-of-the-art amenities and daily activities. With team members always on hand to care for our residents, we are sure that your loved ones will feel right at home here. Schedule a tour with us now.