As I have stipulated over the past week or so, there are other diseases linked to Dementia. As I wrote about yesterday, sometimes there are treatments available for some things that will help alleviate the likelihood of Dementia or lessen its symptoms.
Some other diseases and the likelihood of treatments (or not) NINDS mentioned on their website include the following:
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.There are no treatments to cure or control CJD. Management focuses on reducing symptoms and making people comfortable.
- Dementia with Lewy bodies.Drugs available for managing DLB are aimed at relieving symptoms such as stiffness, hallucinations, and delusions. However, many of the agents for treating the physical symptoms, particularly antipsychotics, can make the mental health symptoms worse. Conversely, drugs used to treat mental health symptoms can exacerbate physical symptoms. Studies suggest that AD drugs may benefit people with DLB.
- Frontotemporal disorders.There are no medications approved to treat or prevent F TD and most other types of progressive dementia. Sedatives, antidepressants, and other drugs used to treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s symptoms may help manage certain symptoms and behavioral problems associated with the disorders.
- Parkinson’s disease dementia.Some studies suggest that the cholin- esterase inhibitors used in people with AD might improve cognitive, behavioral, and psychotic symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease dementia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved one Alzheimer’s drug, rivastigmine, to treat cognitive symptoms in PDD.
- Vascular dementia.This type of dementia is often managed with drugs to prevent strokes. The aim is to reduce the risk of additional brain damage. Some studies suggest that drugs that improve memory in AD might benefit people with early vascular dementia. Most of the modifiable risk factors that influence development of vascular dementia and VCI are the same risk factors for cerebrovascular disease, such as hypertension, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Interventions that address these risk factors may be incorporated into the management of vascular dementia.
By knowing about these and their possible treatments (or not), caregivers are able to best show that With Age Comes Respect.