We hear the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s, but exactly what do they mean.
There are actually several types of dementia.
First let’s define the term dementia. It is a general term for a loss of memory or other mental abilities that are severe enough to interfere with day to day life.
So what are the types of dementia?
- Alzhiemer’s disease—most common type of dementia.
- Vascular dementia-often occurs after a stroke
- Dementia with Lewy bodies—have abnormal aggregations of the protein alphasynuclein
- Parkinson’s disease
- Mixed dementia—linked to more than one kind of dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
- Huntington’s Disease—progressive brain disorder
- Normal Pressure hydrocephalus
- Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome—caused by severe deficiency of vitamin B-1
For a more in-depth view of symptoms, causes and treatments check out Alz.org and Alzheimers.net
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