When people hear the word “dementia,” they tend to think of Alzheimer’s disease, but there are actually several forms of dementia. There is fair reasoning for this, Alzheimer’s is by far the most common type of dementia. An estimated 50 million people are living with some form of dementia and another 10 million are diagnosed each year. About 60-70 percent of those cases are due to Alzheimer’s, the rest is made up of a handful of different types. We’ll go over a couple of them here. It is also important to note that most commonly dementia types are not the sole cause. It is not uncommon to be diagnosed with more than one type, these cases are referred to as “Mixed Dementia”.
Vascular Dementia is a less common form of dementia that accounts for about 10 percent of sole cases. This form of dementia is common with people who have suffered from a stroke earning it the name of Post-Stoke Dementia. A person suffering from Vascular Dementia will show symptoms different from other types of dementia. The most common symptoms are impaired judgment or ability to make decisions, plan or organize. This is opposed to the memory loss often associated with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Vascular Dementia occurs from blood vessels in the brain being blocked or damaged leading to stokes or bleeding in the brain. Where the damage has taken place in the brain determines how the person’s thinking and physical functions are affected.
Dementia With Lewy Bodies (DLB)
First off, what are Lewy Bodies? Lewy Bodies are abnormal clumps of the protein alpha-synuclein. These protein clumps can gather on portions of the brain and effect their operation. If a clump forms of the cortex, the main part of the brain in charge of memory, a person can develop dementia. DLB is often not the sole cause of dementia and can often be found along side other types as well. However the symptoms of DLB can be quite dramatic. Of course there can be memory loss similar to Alzheimer’s but there ore also other possibilities. Someone affected by DLB might exhibit changes in thinking and reasoning, or have trouble interpreting visual information, or potentially even have visual hallucinations or delusions. Dementia with Lewy Bodies is also closely related to the way Parkinson’s Disease forms and some of the symptoms might crossover, such as a hunched posture, balance problems, and rigid muscles.
Other Types Of Dementia
Unfortunately millions of people each year are affected by some type of dementia. For more information on the different types we recommend visiting ALZ.ORG.
No matter which type of dementia a person suffers from, the results can be devastating. With an impaired memory and ability to communicate, many patients are unable to care for themselves and complete basic tasks independently. When that happens, family members are faced with the choice of hiring in-home help or moving their loved one to a nursing home.
Getting an In-Home Caregiver in CT
Dependable Care can provide in-home care across Connecticut for your loved one who is suffering from dementia. Our team of highly-trained caregivers have experience helping seniors coping with various forms of dementia. They can assist with many daily activities, such as meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, shopping, errands, transportation, and companionship. A caregiver can engage your parent in stimulating conversation to help maintain cognitive and communication skills and games to encourage mental activity.
We offer several levels of care that can be customized for your parent’s individual needs. Your parent can receive help from a companion, homemaker, personal caregiver, or live-in caregiver. Whether you need someone to help for a few hours a week or around the clock, Dependable Care in Connecticut can help you find the right person to help your parent who is dealing with dementia. Contact us today so we can get started on finding the ideal caregiver for your parent.