Dementia: Not just caused by Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia: Not just caused by Alzheimer’s disease

Memory loss, confusion, difficulty communicating, compulsive behaviors and depression are just a few common symptoms seen in patients with dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease is considered the No. 1 cause for dementia affecting 5.4 million people in the United States, according to a 2011 Alzheimer’s Association study, many other types of dementia exist and are commonly forgotten or do not receive as much press as Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer’s disease: What causes Alzheimer’s dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease: What causes Alzheimer’s dementia?

It is apparent that Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. Witnessing grandparents unable to remember the name of their daughter or their grandchild is heartbreaking. Learning a father has gone missing only to find out he got lost three blocks from his house because he forgot where he was causes immense sadness. Watching a loved one’s mind deteriorate is difficult to handle. So what causes this disease of forgetfulness? Genetics, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are the three known causes of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, these are the only known causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Alzheimer’s disease: Caring for the caregiver

Alzheimer’s disease: Caring for the caregiver

“In 2009, nearly 66 million Americans (three in 10 U.S. households) reported at least one person providing unpaid care as a family caregiver,” according to “Caregiver Care,” an article published in the journal American Family Physician. Caring for loved ones has several benefits, including personal fulfillment and satisfaction from helping to relieve another’s suffering. It can bring people together and create a stronger bond. It can be a way of “giving back,” as caregivers were taken care of as children at one time or another.

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