What is dementia?
Dementia is a progressive disorder of memory. It is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive decline in memory.
What are different kinds of dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term. There are many different types of dementia. Alzheimer disease is one of the most common types of dementia. But there are other types like frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s dementia etc.
Is Alzheimer Disease different from dementia?
No, Alzheimer is one of the most common types of dementia.
How is dementia diagnosed?
Dementia is mostly diagnosed clinically. However, brain imaging can help as supportive evidence. There is a lot of research being done to find different clinical markers in serum and cerebrospinal fluid.
What are treatment options for dementia and Alzheimer disease?
There are limited treatment options for dementia. Eating healthy, regular aerobic exercise, and mental exercises help with memory. There are some medication options which can help slow down progression.
Link to Resources
- Alzheimer Association https://www.alz.org/
- The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration https://www.theaftd.org/what-is-ftd/disease-overview/
- Brain & Life https://www.brainandlife.org/articles/smart-ways-lower-risk-alzheimers-disease/
- National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/getting-help-alzheimers-caregiving
- Alzheimer Foundation of America http://alzfdn.org/
- Eldercare Locator https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx
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