As stipulated yesterday, there are many types of Dementia that have been diagnosed. As I type this, more research is being done and yet more variations are sure to evolve.
What experts are trying to determine (which will significantly help elderly caregivers!) is what causes Dementia, who is at risk and how does Dementia develop and thus affect the brain? As research continues, we hope that some form of treatment will help allay the various forms of this disorder!
I have stated in the past in this blog that not only aging and/or lifestyle choices can bring on this devastating disorder, but so too will other disorders or diseases that our clients may suffer from. As an example, NINDS states on their website: ‘Neurodegenerative disorders such as AD, frontotemporal disorders, and Lewy body dementia result in a progressive and irreversible loss of neurons and brain functions. Currently, there are no cures for these progressive neurodegenerative disorders.’
The good thing to report is that other types of Dementia can be halted or sometimes even reversed with the correct type of treatment! The example NINDS lends us here is regarding normal pressure hydrocephalus or NPH. NPH, they state, often resolves when excess cerebrospinal fluid in the person’s brain is drained via a shunt and rerouted elsewhere in their body.
Another example is cerebral vasculitis. This disorder tends to respond to aggressive forms of treatment with immunosuppressive drugs. What the experts are determining is that in rare cases, some treatable infectious disorders may cause Dementia.
What is even scarier (and those that believe in holistic practices will tell you this) is that some drugs, vitamin deficiencies, alcohol abuse, depression and brain tumors can all cause neurological deficits that may bear a resemblance to Dementia. Thankfully, it has been determined that most of these causes will respond to treatment!
Good to know! Now all that we caregivers can personally do is show our clients that With Age Comes Respect and hope and pray for new and better results!