Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease Treatment
Progressive memory loss, however, is not a normal, inevitable part of the aging process, and is reason for concern. Memory loss may be so gradual that it goes unnoticed in the beginning. Often family members are the first to sense that something is wrong. This is the time when detection and intervention are most valuable.
Memory Loss Due to Dementia
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin offers diagnosis and treatment of memory loss due to dementia.
Dementia is a progressive decline in cognitive function caused by damage or disease in the brain. Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a group of illnesses that involve thinking, memory and reasoning. Symptoms can also include changes in personality, mood and behavior. Although common in older adults, dementia is not a normal part of aging.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older adults. An estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys memory and other mental functions.
- Dementia with Lewy Bodies is the second most common form of dementia caused by degeneration of the tissues in the brain.
- Vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia, caused by an interruption in the blood supply to the brain
- Frontotemporaldementia (FTD), a group of diseases that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, areas generally associated with personality and behavior
Treatment for memory loss due to depression, side effects of drugs, strokes, head injury, alcoholism and others.