Dementia Q & A
What is dementia?
Dementia is a term to describe various types of cognitive impairment. Unfortunately, dementia is very difficult to live with, both for the sufferer and for those who care about him or her. Finding effective ways to improve everyday quality of life is important.
There are several types of dementia, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Dementia with Lewy bodies
Some men and women have mixed dementia, a combination of two or more of the above-mentioned types. There are also several other disorders that share common symptoms with dementia.
What are the symptoms of dementia?
Memory loss is one of the most distinct signs of dementia, especially lapses in short-term memory. Friends and family sometimes notice the signs of dementia before an individual notices symptoms in his or her own behavior.
Some additional signs of dementia include:
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Repeating oneself
- Mood swings
- Difficulty following storylines
- Directional challenges
- Difficulty with change or altered environments
Of course, everyone experiences some of these symptoms at one time or another. Dementia is marked by an increase in the frequency and severity of these experiences.
What are the treatment options for degenerative dementia?
Dr. Singh begins with a thorough diagnostic workup, including physical and cognitive exams. Once he understands the scope he determines a customized treatment plan.
Medications can play a role in managing dementia. The FDA has approved four medications for treating Alzheimer’s, and additional medications can help manage symptoms.
For degenerative dementia, managing symptoms is the primary focus. Cognitive therapy can provide “brain training” to help offset forgetfulness. Techniques like mnemonics and use of computerized recall tools can improve daily quality of life.
What improvements are possible with dementia?
Men and women with non-degenerative dementia can prevent or slow further damage to brain tissue with the right treatment protocol. Even those with degenerative dementia can benefit from these treatment approaches.
Dr. Singh believes that nutritional counseling can make a world of difference for men and women with dementia. Dietary changes and vitamin supplements can deliver meaningful improvements.
Massage therapy and acupuncture can also play a role in dementia care. Both approaches provide stress relief and pain management. Even aromatherapy and art or music therapy can help sufferers recall memories and more fully enjoy their lives.
To learn more about Dr. Singh’s approach to dementia care, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.