In this booklet I will be giving a description on six different types of dementia that affect people in the UK and their most common signs and symptoms. I will then outline the possible effects of dementia on an individual’s health and their quality of life. And finally give an assessment of the possible effects of different types of dementia on individuals and their families.
What is dementia?
Dementia is an illness or disease of the brain that includes memory loss and leads an individual to experience difficulties with thinking, problem solving and language.
In the beginning the changes will be small and gradually become severe enough to affect an individual’s daily life. Dementia can also bring about a case of changed behaviour and mood swings.
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• Behavioral- will affect your mood, emotions and personality.
• Cognitive – will mainly affect the way you think, remember, learn and understand.
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB):
Dementia with Lewy bodies is a type of dementia that shares common types of symptoms with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Lewy bodies are tiny deposits of protein in the nerve cells, and their presence is linked to low levels of important chemical messages which can lead to loss of connection between the nerve cells.
As with most types of dementia, the symptoms of early DLB are often unnoticeable and controlled, but with time they gradually worsen to cause problems with the daily lifestyle of an individual.
A person with DLB will have some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but there are also some symptoms that are unique to DLB. And these symptoms are:
• Problems with attention and also alertness.
• Difficulties with judging distance and perceiving objects, and also with planning and organising.
• Visual hallucinations and auditory