Dementia

Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term describing a set of symptoms that may include memory loss, personality changes, and impaired reasoning. There are different types of this memory disorder, but all are caused by changes in the brain. The presentation of symptoms is dependent upon the location in the brain where damage occurs and the type of disease disrupting the brain.

Common Types of Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
    The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. However, not all dementia is a result of Alzheimer’s.
  • Vascular Dementia
    A stroke or series of strokes can cause what is called vascular dementia.
  • Dementia With Lewy Bodies
    Dementia with Lewy bodies is closely related to Parkinson’s disease, but includes small, abnormal structures (Lewy bodies) forming inside brain cells.
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
    In this condition, abnormal proteins form in nerve cells at the front and sides of the brain, causing the cells to die.

There are other diseases that can cause dementia. These other diseases account for about five percent of all cases of this type of memory disorder. While symptoms differ for all of these diseases at onset, they become more and more similar over time as the diseases progress. Quality memory care is valuable at all stages.

How is Dementia Diagnosed?

Only a doctor can diagnose dementia. There is not a single test to determine if a person has this disorder, and a combination of factors are considered when evaluating symptoms. A specialist will likely ask questions such as, “When did you notice the onset of symptoms?” to document a thorough patient history. There will also be cognitive ability tests and physical examinations. Sometimes, a scan of the brain is needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment Options

While most types of dementia cannot be cured, much can be done to support people with memory disorders and help them live well. Individual treatment is dependent on the type of dementia and advice of medical professionals. However, there are some common best practices for memory care. They include supportive treatment that focuses on the individual and early intervention.

At Parc Provence, we provide Person-Centered care with proven treatment that maximizes the potential of our residents. Early, multi-dimensional therapy is ideal. Our memory care focuses on the following:

  • Active engagement in stimulating activities to keep mental and social connections fresh
  • Participation in self-care as residents are able in order to retain dignity, confidence, and independence
  • Art and music therapies to entertain and engage the entire brain while promoting physical activity
  • Availability of safe, enjoyable exercise opportunities to maintain physical health
  • Counseling for residents and their families
  • Reminiscence therapy to draw upon memories, improve mood, and wellbeing

Learn more about Parc Provence

If you or a loved one has a cognitive disorder, residential memory care at Parc Provence may be of benefit to you. Contact us today to learn more about our established, compassionate community that is Leading the Way in Memory Care.