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What the Baby Boomer Generation Should Know About Dementia Alzheimers and Memory Loss





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Helping Loved Ones by Understanding the Symptoms of Dementia

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:54:00 +0000

For some, dementia conjures up images of difficult behavior and loss of control. Dementia is not a specific physiological or psychological disease. Rather, it is the progressive deterioration in cognitive functions due tobrain damage, leading to symptoms of dementia. In many instances, progressive deterioration in cognitive function is part of normal aging. According to a study published in The Lancet, the number of people with dementia is expected to double every two decades, reaching 8.1 million in 2040.Symptoms of dementia can be classified as reversible or irreversible. Not all symptoms of dementia are permanent. About 10 percent of all dementia are reversible. Reversible dementia can be triggered by reactions to medication or endocrine abnormalities.In general, irreversible dementias are degenerative and incurable. Alzheimer's or strokes can cause them. Symptoms include memory loss, cognitive confusion, and the inability to problem-solve and complete multi-step activities, such as preparing a meal or balancing a checkbook. The three most common dementia causes are Alzheimer's, vascular dementia (induced by strokes), and dementia cause by Lewey bodies. They often bringon memory loss (normally the initial symptom of dementia). When this occurs, the individual should seek a medical evaluation to determine the cause. Proper differential diagnosis between the types of dementias requiresthorough and comprehensive mental and physical exams by a qualified specialist such as a geriatric internist, neurologist, neuropsychiatrist, or geropsychologist.The earlier the symptoms of dementia are diagnosed, the sooner the implementation of several agents and lifestyle changes (i.e. eating a balanced diet, increased physical, social, and mental activities) can be put in place to slow down the progression of cognitive decline. The benefit isthat this will allow people with dementia a better chance at maintaining their independence and quality of life fo[...]



What the Baby Boomer Generation Should Know About Dementia Alzheimers and Memory Loss

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:53:00 +0000

As the baby boomer generation retires, many are concerned about dementia, Alzheimer's and memory loss. Modern technology and scientific advancements in health care are helping individuals live longer and healthier lives than any previous generation. The statistics of past generations indicate that 10 percent of individuals over the age of 65 years of age develop memory problems. By the age of 85 years of age, the percentage of memory problems increases to 50 percent.Baby boomers are a generation that expects to grow old gracefully, physically and mentally. They expect to remain youthful and full of vitality as they age. Boomers do not want to know or experience the ill effects of aging, such as mental decline. This has been a driving force resulting in the research and studies done on the cognitive (thought) processes of the brain.Although there is still much research to be done, there are some very promising findings being reported. Science now confirms that memory loss is not a normal part of aging. Proper nutrition, physical exercise and challenging the brain frequently are linked to brain fitness.The causes of memory loss can occur gradually over time. The symptoms are not the average forgetfulness we all experience. As a society that is inundated with audio and visual stimulation everyday forgetfulness is a result of multitasking and stimulation over load.It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of early memory loss, as intervention can prevent or delay the process.What the Baby Boomer Generation Should Know about Dementia, Alzhei&[...]