CareWorks Health Services
Moulton Parkway STE 103C
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
of Business: 24/7 Service
provide Medical/Non-Medical Home Health Care Helping
Seniors and Disabled Adults live independently and safely,
in the place they want most, Home
24/7. Our caregivers believe in and adopt our
Ten Commandments”, the cornerstone of success
for all our “Compassionate Companions”.
provide the most compassionate care to all individuals
- begining with newborns, hospital outpatient care to
seniors. With our dedicated and committed professionals,
our experienced team of caregivers are supported by our
diligent Support Staff making them the best in the industry.
Dementia: Understanding the Symptoms of Dementia
Understanding the Symptoms of Dementia
profound and progressive decline in memory accompanied by problems
in one or more additional areas of cognition. Person with dementia
usually starts by having frequent short-term memory problems.
Particularly affected areas may be memory, attention, language
and problem solving, although particularly in the later stages
of the condition, person with dementia may be disoriented in time,
not knowing what day, week, month or year it is, not knowing where
they are not knowing who they are.
Symptoms of dementia can be classified as either reversible or
irreversible depending upon the etiology of the disease. Less
than 10of all dementias are reversible. These symptoms can progress
rapidly within two to three years. Dementia is not a mere loss
of memory, but the loss of a person’s mind as a whole. A dozen
different ailments, including cancer, stroke, major depression,
hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiency, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS,
can all lead to dementia.
Early symptoms of dementia often consist in changes in personality,
or in behavior. Often dementia can be first evident during an
episode of delirium. There is a higher prevalence of eventually
developing dementia in individuals who experience an acute episode
of confusion while hospitalized.
Dementia can affect language, comprehension, motor skills, short-term
memory, ability to identify commonly used items, reaction time,
personality traits, and executive functioning. Even without signs
of general intellectual decline, delusions are common in dementia
(15-56incidence rate in Alzheimer\'s type, and 27-60incidence
rate in multi-infarct dementia). Often these delusions take the
form of monothematic delusions, like mirrored self-misidentification.
Elderly people can also react with dementia-like symptoms to surgery,
infections, sleep deprivation, irregular food intake, dehydration,
loneliness, change in domicile or personal crises. This is called
delirium, and many if not most dementia patients also have a delirium
on top of the physiologial dementia, adding to the symptoms. The
delirium can go away or greatly improve when treated with tender
care, improved food and sleeping habits, but this does not affect
the alterations in the brain. Affected persons may also show signs
of psychosis or depression. It is important to be able to differentiate
between delirium and dementia.
Proper differential diagnosis between the types of dementia will
require, at the least, referral to a specialist, e.g. a geriatric
internist, geriatric psychiatrist or neurologist. However, there
are some brief 5-15 minute tests that have good reliability and
can be used in the office or other setting to evaluate cognitive
Except for the treatable types listed above, there is no cure
to dementia, although scientists are progressing in making a type
of medication that will slow down the process.
Disclaimer - The information presented here should not be interpreted
as medical advice. If you or someone you know suffers from Dementia,
please consult your physician for the latest treatment options.
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