There are many different forms of Dementia with the most common you may hear about being Alzheimer's. People also have the misconception that you only can get Dementia when you are old. That is not the case! There are people in their 30's and 40's that develop dementia. Think about Dementia as the top of the umbrella and trickling down from the umbrella are the types of Dementia.
Alzheimer's Disease- This accounts for 60 to 80% of cases and people that are 65 years and older.
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)- This dementia effects the frontal & temporal lobes of the brain. Most people who have this type of dementia are in their 50's or 60's.
Huntington's Disease- This specific type of dementia is caused by a defective gene and is usually hereditary.
Mixed Dementia- Mixed Dementia is exactly as it sounds. It is a mixture of Dementia's.
Vascular Dementia- This dementia is often caused by lack of blood flow to the brain which could be caused by a stroke. Someone may experience anxiety, depression, or hallucinations with this type of dementia. It is also not uncommon for vascular dementia to be coupled with Alzheimer's disease.
Traumatic Brain Injury- People that have had a traumatic brain injury are at greater risk for developing a form of dementia.
Parkinson's Dementia- Parkinson's Disease can sometimes cause Parkinson's Dementia. This specific dementia effects someone's gait, tremors, muscle stiffness, and lack of facial expression.
Lewy Bodies- Lewy body dementia accounts for 10% of all cases. Someone with Lewy bodies may experience hallucinations, sleep disturbances, delusions, and slow gait.
You may never truly know what type of dementia your loved one has. Doctor's base their findings on symptoms your loved one may have. Dementia is a wild ride and sometimes a difficult one to navigate. There are many resources out there for caregivers to reach out to for more information and sometimes just someone to talk to. If you need assistance, you can reach out to one of our Certified Dementia Practitioners at The Views Senior Living Communities.