Dementia is another serious neuromuscular condition that affects many people. It’s not a specific disease, but it’s a broad category or combination of brain diseases that cause long term or gradual deterioration in person’s cognitive ability. Dementia affects your thinking, your behaviour and your ability to perform your everyday tasks. In most cases, patients suffering from dementia have a problem remembering crucial information such as their names and that of family members and can easily get lost in the neighbourhood. It’s a condition that interferes with person’s normal social or work life significantly.
Dementia is basically caused by the damaging of nerve cells in the brain, leading to complete degeneration. With this condition, cells in the brain degenerate more quickly than they are being replaced. With the number of the brain cells going down, the person’s physical and mental ability will start to decline at the rate of degeneration. As the condition progresses, the patient becomes much worse. Although there is no clear explanation what causes brain cell degeneration, the condition is believed to be triggered by many factors including medication and other health conditions such as hypertension and chronic migraines.
Unlike most neuromuscular conditions that are genetically passed down, dementia is rarely inherited, but instead is acquired. The condition is common in elderly age 65 years and up. It’s also possible for people in their 40s and 50s to have dementia, although it occurs in rare cases. With numerous types of dementia, the diagnosis processes differ. Cognitive tests are the most common as they test the ability to think and remember. CT scans and other laboratory tests are also carried out on patients to observe the altering behaviours of the brain.
At present, there is no scientifically proven treatment for most of the dementias. The condition cannot be prevented either, and this is what makes dementia one of the most difficult medical conditions to deal with. However, some medications have been found to reduce symptoms, but physical therapy will also do wonders. With our professional physiologists, we can help you reduce the symptoms of dementia significantly. Our physiologist will work closely with you to develop the right physical exercise program that will lessen the impact of dementia. Just call Live Well Rehab, and you will be impressed by the results.