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/ 20 Sep, 2018

What is mixed dementia?

Although people tend to use the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s disease interchangeably, there are many different causes for the brain damage associated with the condition. Repeated small strokes, Parkinson’s disease and metabolic disorders like diabetes or thyroid disease can also cause a decline in the ability to think, remember, communicate and reason, that are typical …

20 Sep, 2018

Can dementia be cured?

Frustratingly, medical science has so far been unable to find a cure for dementia. The truth is that there is unlikely to be a single ‘silver bullet’ to treat the condition because the brain damage of dementia is caused by many different diseases. However, research is continuing aimed at reducing risk factors, slowing down the …

17 Sep, 2018

How is dementia diagnosed?

Problems with memory don’t always mean Alzheimer’s, so how can you tell if someone you love has dementia? When a relative is becoming forgetful, confused and withdrawn, you may suspect dementia, but how can you know for sure that they have been affected by the condition? There’s no single test to diagnose dementia. Instead, dementia …

/ 28 Aug, 2018

What is vascular dementia?

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?

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 …

6 Aug, 2018

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 …