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Am I Losing My Mind?

The symptoms, causes, and treatments of dementia.

It’s estimated that five to eight percent of people age 65 and older have a form of dementia. Every five years, this percentage doubles. So by the time you’re in your 80s, there’s a 50 percent chance you’ll suffer from dementia.

So what does it mean to suffer from dementia? Dementia may begin as harmless forgetfulness. Over time, it develops into mild cognitive impairment and then worsens to problems with memory, language, perception, abstract thinking, judgment, and emotions that interfere with everyday activities. But don’t worry. Just because you’re a little forgetful now and then doesn’t mean you’ll develop dementia.

Seeing the Loss

Memory changes with age. So how can you decipher between normal forgetfulness and the warning signs of dementia? The stage between normal forgetfulness and dementia is called mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Symptoms include trouble focusing on more than one task at a time, difficulty making decisions or solving problems, or forgetting recent events. While these symptoms may be frustrating, they usually don’t interfere with taking care of yourself. Not everyone who has MCI will develop dementia.

If the problem progresses, early signs of dementia include difficulty performing tasks that used to be easy, getting lost, trouble remembering names of objects, a depressed mood, losing items, loss of social skills, and personality changes.

Symptoms of dementia slowly become more obvious and worrisome, as you slowly lose the ability to care for yourself. Symptoms that develop include night waking; losing awareness of who you are; inability to prepare meals, drive, or dress yourself; frequent arguments; violent behavior; depression; difficulty writing or reading; poor judgment; and speaking words that don’t make sense.

Severe dementia results in a complete loss of the ability to perform basic daily tasks, inability to recognize family members or understand normal language, incontinence, and trouble swallowing.

Where It Comes From

Dementia isn’t a disease. However, its symptoms are caused by a disease, infection, or heath condition that affects parts of the brain. Up to 50 known causes (most of which are very rare) result in dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s. Other common, usually irreversible, causes include Lewy body disease, Pick’s disease, mini strokes, Huntington’s disease, Lyme disease, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.

Though devestating for many, approximately 20 percent of the causes of dementia are treatable. This means the dementia may be stopped or reversed if the cause is found early enough to be treated. Such causes include a brain tumor, brain injury, nutritional deficiency, chronic alcoholism, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, or use of certain medications.

Treatment

If you or a loved one develops signs of dementia or if the condition worsens, seek medical attention immediately. When dementia is brought on by a treatable condition, it is important to diagnose it as soon as possible. Otherwise, there may be no hope for a cure.

Treatment for dementia depends on the cause. Sometimes, performing simple mental exercises may help stop dementia. Medications are also available to control behaviors caused by confusion, lack of judgment, or increased impulsivity, and other medications may slow the development of dementia symptoms.

While most cases of dementia aren’t preventable, there are things you can do to lessen your chances of developing the related diseases. These include quitting smoking and taking measures to control diabetes and high blood pressure. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise are additional ways to reduce your risk of developing certain types of dementia. For the best protection, don’t wait until the onset of dementia to make these lifestyle changes. It may be too late. Start today!

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