The Definition Of Dementia

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The reminiscence of the previous day flashes in the brain, yet she knows nothing of the preceding day. Walking through an unfamiliar home and seeing all these photos of a familiar face amongst many unknown faces, this is what it is like to wake up as a person who has dementia. When people first started to recognise dementia they called it senility and then later on the name changed to dementia (“Types of Dementia”). Many people believe that they understand the definition of dementia, but the definition they have been taught for a long time is actually wrong. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a person who has trouble with carrying out everyday activities and has a hard time remembering people (Snow). Dementia is symptom of a specific …show more content…
Vascular dementia makes up twenty percent of the diagnoses of dementia (Fletcher). Vascular dementia can develop after the occurrence of a stroke. This dementia is created due to the poor quantity of blood going through the veins to the brain (Woods). It can also be due to damages or any injuries to the brain like a hit in the head. This could cause internal bleeding in the brain which would lead to the development of Vascular dementia. As seen to the right in figure 1, which depicts a normal brain and then a brain with Vascular disease. There is a clear difference between them because the one with Vascular disease (bottom) has holes in it. The holes in the brain are what cause memory loss. People who suffer from this condition often are bad at decision making, planning, and organizing things in their lives (“Types of Dementia”). Compared to a person with Alzheimer’s, one with Vascular dementia have a more rapid rate of memory loss, meaning they have more of a sudden memory loss (“About Dementia”). A patient with Vascular dementia would also have the emotion of not caring, also called being nonchalant. It’s not something the person can fix, and therefore the caregiver will have to be very patient and calm when caring for him. Getting angry will just make everything worse. For someone who as been diagnosed with this dementia, he …show more content…
This disease or dementia is extremely rare (“Types of Dementia”). Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is so rare that only one out of one million have this disease. It is caused by an abnormal protein in the body. There are three subcategories that of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease can be broken down into: sporadic, familial, and acquired. Sporadic is when it is found spontaneously. Doctors have no notifications or signs of it showing or starting. They only recognize it when it is too late. Sporadic makes up eighty-five percent of all the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases. Familial is when it is hereditary, and in the genes. This makes up ten to fifteen percent of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases. Last is acquired, this is when someone has come in contact with bovine spongiform encephalopathy which is found in cows. This is why it is often called “mad cow disease”. This makes up only one percent of all Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease cases (“Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease”). People with this dementia have bad coordination, and drastic behavior changes, along with memory problems(“Types of

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