Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Sonja M. Lillrank

By Sonja M. Lillrank

Examines the indicators, reasons, and results of Alzheimer's illness and different dementias and demonstrates how a variety of remedies have an effect on the mind to aid deal with those disorders...Title: .Alzheimer's sickness And different Dementias..Author: .Lillrank, sonja M., M.d./ Collins, Christine Collins, Ph.d. (EDT)/ Levitt, Pat (FRW)..Publisher: .Facts on File..Publication Date: .2007/01/01..Number of Pages: .118..Binding variety: .LIBRARY..Library of Congress: .2006010414

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These cognitive problems reflect damage to the cortex of the brain, which processes information from other parts of the brain as well as from various parts of the body and peripheral nervous system. Finally, the patient’s problems must interfere with social and occupational functioning to qualify as dementia. MEMORY Memory problems are often the first sign of dementia. It can be difficult to tell the difference between normal age-related memory problems and those caused by dementia. Examples of normal forgetfulness would be forgetting what you were supposed to buy at the store or having problems remembering phone numbers.

Delirium, like depression, is common in patients with dementia. Causes include infections, dehydration, or overmedication. When the underlying cause is diagnosed and treated, symptoms usually disappear. Disorders Related to Dementia SUBDURAL HEMATOMA This condition results from slow bleeding into the space between the skull and a protective tissue layer that surrounds the brain called the dura mater. People older than 65 are at risk for subdural hematoma mainly because their blood vessels are frail.

Atrophy means that the cells wither and shrink and ultimately lose their function and die. The gradual destruction of brain cells of a person with Alzheimer’s disease causes the affected brain regions to wither and get smaller. The parts of the brain that control memory, logical thinking, and personality are generally the most affected. As areas in the brain become smaller, cavities form in the brain, fill with fluid, and become enlarged. This can be seen in diagnostic imaging studies of the brain like MRI or CT scans.

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