(Cognitive & Memory Decline)
DEMENTIA is a broad category of BRAIN CONDITIONS that cause long-term and gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember. It is severe enough to affect the daily functioning of the individual affected. Other common advanced stage symptoms include emotional (mental) compromise, difficulty speaking and a general decrease in motivation. Dementia is very hard on the dementia patient’s family.
The most common type of dementia is ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE which makes up almost 70% of all cases. Other common types include VASCULAR dementia, LEWY BODY dementia and FRONTOTEMPORAL dementia. You can have more than one of the above types of dementia at a time.
Diagnosis is based upon history; cognitive testing and the patient should have a comprehensive brain function examination. NOTE: MRl’s and Cat scans do not show brain function, only structural problems with the brain. The brain function examination is unfortunately omitted in diagnosing most of the cases of dementia.
There is no “medical cure” for dementia (i.e. medication). If detected in the early stages there is hope in many cases of po~sibly reversing the cognitive deterioration with functional-neurological brain rehabilitation.
MEMORY LOSS OR FOGETFULNESS IS NOT THE EARLY SIGNS OF
DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER’S.
When you have significant memory loss you are already entering the more advanced stages of dementia.
*** What are the early signs of dementia?
Loss of smell and distinguishing what you are smelling, loss of rapid eye movements (saccades} and tracking objects (eye pursuits}, and balance or coordination issues are the early signs. These signs can take place 10 to 20 years before you ever have memory loss.
Please call my office at 502-296-3581 if you have any questions concerning brain function rehabilitation (Functional Neurology) with dementia patients. Most of all, do not give up hope. MANY TIMES IN EARLY OR EVEN THE LATER STAGES OF DEMENTIA MIRACULOUS RESULTS MAY TAKE PLACE WITH BRAIN FUNCTION THERAPY. There are other methods of treating these conditions that are PROBLEM DIRECTED CARE instead of suppressing the symptoms with various medications!