What is vascular dementia?

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Alzheimer’s isn’t the only reason that dementia develops. One in five people with dementia experience memory loss, communication difficulties and problems with thought and planning because of repeated small strokes in the brain. This is known as vascular dementia or multi-infarct dementia. What happens in vascular dementia? In vascular dementia, brain damage develops as a …

How does a person die from dementia?

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Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just make you forgetful. It’s a serious, progressive condition which is, eventually, terminal. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia have now overtaken heart disease to become the leading cause of death in England and Wales. The brain is responsible for more than thought, memory and understanding. It controls our bodily systems including …

How long does Alzheimer’s disease last?

Every person affected by dementia will experience it in their own unique way. Although each individual will have problems with thought, memory and communication, the pattern and speed of progression of the disease will vary from one person to another. In Alzheimer’s there is increasing damage to the cells in the brain, so the symptoms …

The seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia is a progressive disease, which means it gradually gets worse over time. Each individual’s experience of dementia is different. However, most people follow a similar pattern of deterioration in thought and function. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease change over time. The damage to the brain steadily increases, which initially affects the ability to think …

The effects of Alzheimer’s on the body

Most of us are aware of Alzheimer’s disease’s impact on the brain. But the brain cell damage characteristic of Alzheimer’s can also affect the rest of the body. Here are some of the physical symptoms often seen as Alzheimer’s progresses. Confusion, forgetfulness and problems communicating – the effects of Alzheimer’s on the brain are well …

What happens to the brain in Alzheimer’s disease?

We don’t fully understand the causes of Alzheimer’s. However, scans and examinations of the brains of people affected by the disease, mean that we do know the impact it can have on the structure and function of the brain. Abnormal proteins start to build-up in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s many years before any …

Can you inherit Alzheimer’s?

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Finding out that someone you love has Alzheimer’s can be frightening. It’s natural to worry about their future and also to have concerns that you may inherit the disease, or pass it on to your children. We don’t fully understand the factors that cause Alzheimer’s disease. Your lifestyle, your environment, and your genetic heritage may …

What causes dementia?

When doctors talk about dementia , they’re referring to a set of symptoms, not a disease with a specific cause. People with dementia struggle with memory and reasoning. The key symptoms of the condition are forgetfulness and difficulties with thinking, language and problem solving. Dementia tends to be progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. …

What is anticipatory grief?

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Grief is a natural response to bereavement, but sadness doesn’t just happen when someone you love dies. It is also normal to experience loss when someone you care for is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer or another life-limiting disease. Anticipatory grief is the sadness you feel before a loved one dies. You may mourn the …

Benefits of holidays for elderly people with disabilities

A holiday can be a great way to rest, recharge the batteries and have fun. Age and infirmity do not have to be a barrier to having a holiday, but it can take a little planning and preparation. As spring turns into summer, our thoughts start to turn to the holiday season. A vacation can …

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