There is no simple answer to this question, as the cause of dementia varies. Some of the most common causes of dementia include:
A thorough exam helps identify the most probable culprit of dementia so a qualified geriatric health professional can treat or slow the underlying cause.
While most people associate memory problems with dementia, dementia affects a number of bodily systems and functions. The most common symptoms include:
Signs and symptoms may appear slowly, but patients should seek medical treatment at the first sign so they can receive an early diagnosis and treatment.
Because the onset of dementia is generally slow and subtle, it’s imperative that patients seek treatment at the first sign of dementia. This allows the healthcare team to uncover the cause, start treatment as soon as possible, and limit the impact of dementia on the patient’s life.
The reported number of dementia cases decreased since 2000, from 11.6% of adults 65 years old and older to just 8.8% in 2012.
How dementia is treated and the efficacy of treatment depends on the underlying causes of the symptoms. For example, patients suffering from dementia due to a vitamin B12 deficiency receive treatment and recover. On the other hand, patients suffering from dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured, though certain medications and interventions slow the progression of the disease.
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