Dementia: What Are the Different Types?
August 2, 2015
Of all the things that can befall us in our later years, dementia — the loss of the ability to think and remember — is perhaps the most devastating. So what is this disease, in what forms does it come and how do we deal with it? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast geriatric medicine expert Dr. Thomas Belt answers questions about the different types of dementia.
- What is dementia and why is the term so often used interchangeably with Alzheimer's?
- How many different types of dementia are there and how are they different?
- What causes dementia?
- What are the most common signs and symptoms of dementia and how is this disease distinguished from the typical forgetfulness of aging?
- Do patients themselves sometimes recognize the early signs of dementia?
- Are there more people with Alzheimer's or other dementias today or is what seems to be an epidemic simply a function of an aging population?
- The current medications for treating dementia only delay the disease for a short time. Why aren't there better treatments on the market for treating Alzheimer's and other dementias?
- Is there anything we can do of a preventive nature to avoid dementia?
- Is there a genetic component to dementia? Is a family history indicative of greater risk?
- Are there any new treatments on the horizon that show promise for treating dementia?
- If a spouse or family member suspects their loved one may be developing dementia, what do they need to do?
- We hear mind exercises, diet and physical exercise can all delay or prevent developing dementia. Is there any truth to this?