Ten Warning Signs of Vascular Dementia

April 12, 2013

The Second Most Common Cause of Dementia

Vascular dementia is a general term that describes problems with memory, judgement, reasoning, and planning. It is caused by impaired blood flow to the brain due to narrowed or damaged blood vessels that restrict circulation, depriving the brain of vital nutrients and oxygen. This type of dementia often develops after stroke and accounts for 20 to 30% of dementia cases.

 Is your loved one often confused and disoriented?


Is your loved one often confused and disoriented?

Common Symptoms

  1. Confusion
  2. Memory loss
  3. Disorientation in time, space, and physical movement
  4. Difficulty concentrating or paying attention
  5. Trouble organizing thoughts or actions
  6. Problems with speech or understanding speech
  7. Difficulty with decision making and communication
  8. Restlessness, agitation, and uncontrolled laughing or crying
  9. Inability to control urine, or sudden or frequent urges to urinate
  10. Depression

These symptoms can begin as mild changes that gradually worsen over time or can begin in conjunction with stroke. Therefore, many experts feel that the term “Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI)”  better expresses the vascular changes that occur in the brain, and which can range from mild to severe.  These changes can also intertwine with other types of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia associated with Lewy bodies.

The emotional toll from dementia is taxing on patients as well as caregivers. It is not uncommon for either to feel a mixture of emotions ranging from confusion and frustration to anger, fear, and grief. Therefore, experts recommend counseling or some form of support. The Alzheimer’s Association can connect you with resources, home care agencies, support groups, and educational seminars in your area. The better educated one is, the easier it is to cope and succeed during the difficult times ahead.

 

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Writer, Craig Butler

Craig Butler has been writing on a wide range of topics for more than fifteen years. As the National Communications Director for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Craig regularly writes on a range of health and medical topics. Among the many projects he has written for the Foundation is the Cooley's Anemia Storybook, a collection of original short stories for children with the blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. His freelance work has ranged from reviewing moves and CDs to creating entertainment-related stories about baldness, to creating text for comic strips. Craig looks forward to having a dialogue with you about senior care and issues of concern.

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