Dementia

Can dementia be reversed ?

There are several causes of dementia and thankfully several of them can be reversed. You have to remember that when we talk about "dementia" we talk about a set of symptoms including but not restricted to a decline of mental abilities (memory, language, problem solving etc). "Reversible dementias"(RD) are conditions that may well be associated…

Understanding the types of dementia

You may understand this post better if you start at “What is dementia?“. Before we jump into the types of dementia, please remember that dementia is defined as ” a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.”. There…

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How is dementia diagnosed

Please read the following articles 1)What is Dementia ? 2)What are the types of dementia ? 3)Is dementia reversible ? before you continue to read this article. It will help you understand this better. :) There is no single diagnostic test that can determine if a person has dementia. Physicians use a number of approaches…

How do I help someone with dementia

When she wakes up, we know what is scheduled for the day. He meal time, activity time and sleep times are kept regular. We try to fit in some social interaction, a few out door activities and some puzzle time everyday. Every alternate day we try to give her a 5 minute foot massage.A caretaker…

How does dementia progress

Most types of dementia are progressive. This means that over time people with dementia will slowly worsen in terms of their functioning. How quickly dementia progresses depends on the nature of their illness, their cognitive reserve and how early treatment is initiated. It is very important that dementia is diagnosed early in order to slow…

What is dementia ?

Ravi is currently 72 years old. He lives with his wife in an apartment in north Chennai. Ravi’s wife Karpagam began noticing that he seemed to appear forgetful. He would forget where he kept his spectacles and would scream his lungs out every morning, “Karpagaaaaaaaaaaa, kannadi enga ??”. Gradually he also seemed to lose track…

Identifying dementia early.

A new person is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds. 50 million people with dementia worldwide in 2017.Will almost double every 20 years, 131 million in 2050. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China and India. Even in the “developed” world only 20-50% of dementia cases are recognized and managed.…