Dementia is the loss of mental function in two or more areas such as language, memory, or judgment severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia itself is not a disease but a broader set of symptoms that accompanies certain diseases or physical conditions.
There are a number of conditions that can cause dementia. The most common cause of dementia in adults is Alzheimer’s disease; however, other well known causes for dementia include Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body disease.
Dementia symptoms include a decline and loss of cognitive functions and memory, confusion, behavioral and personality changes in the affected person. Individuals experiencing dementia-like symptoms should undergo diagnostic testing as soon as possible to receive the best treatment available. Other physical conditions may cause or mimic dementia symptoms and be treatable or cured.
An early and accurate diagnosis helps to identify reversible conditions and gives people a greater chance of benefiting from existing treatments no matter the diagnosis. Set up an appointment for a consultation today.
Diseases that cause dementia or dementia like symptoms:
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Multi-infarct dementia
• Vascular dementia
• Parkinson’s disease
• Lewy Body disease
• Frontotemporal dementia
• Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
• Normal pressure hydrocephalus
Other conditions that can cause dementia or dementia like symptoms:
• Brain tumors
• Head injuries
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Infections (AIDS, meningitis, syphilis)
• Drug reactions
• Thyroid problems