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which are the different forms of dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
There are many types: Alzheimer's dementia or alzheimer's plus vascular dementia are by far the most common. Lewy body dementia/parkinson's disease dementia and frontal temporal lobe are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol or substance induced, huntington's, traumatic brain injury, and many more less common types.
Dr. David Murdock
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Answer below: Alzheimers (60% - 65%), less common are vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, picks disease (frontotemporal), alcoholic, B12 deficiency, hiv, dementia pugilistica (head trauma), a few rare prion diseases such as jacob kruetzfeld (spongioform encephalopathy), and mixed. Some reversible encephalopathies are occasionally classified as dementias, but not true dementias.
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Well said
Nov 25, 2012
Dr. Ruth Seaman
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yup, though FTD's much more than Pick's. Mixed more common than we thought. Thanks for including HIV and CTE!
May 28, 2015
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Forms of dementia: Some forms of dementia are Alzheimers, Fronto-Temporal dementia, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, cortico basal ganglia degeneration, and dementia due to an illness like MS.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there courses for learning how to care for a loved one with dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: There are groups and courses available through organizations such as the alzheimers foundation of america, the alzheimers association, the national institute of aging and many local government agencies are starting to get involved.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I reduce my risk of getting dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Probably: Right now, the only fairly good evidence for reducing risk of dementia is exercise for an otherwise healthy person. There is evidence that if you have health problems lke high blood pressure and diabetes and vigorously control them that this will reduce risk.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do you treat/care for dementia?

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Individualize: The treatment of dementia is varied based on the type of the behavior the patient is presented, the availibility of primary caregiver, the level of cooperation, prior/current medications use, the currrent environmental setting and medical conditions. So there are many way to treat or to control symptoms for dementia and therefore it needs to be individualize.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for dementia? Is dementia reversible?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Short answer is no: Currently the major types of dementia: alzheimers disease, vascular, frontotemporal and lewy body are not preventable. Exercise has a protective effect against alzheimers though it likely delays it rather than prevents it altogether. All those things that are good for your heart are good for your brain: maintain a healthy diet and weight, exercise, manage high blood pressure, diabetes etc.
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What should I do if I have signs/symptoms of dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Seek evaluation: If you suspect that your brain is having major problems, seek an evaluation from a neurologist, psychiatrist or other health professional with experience in this area. There are conditions that can mimic dementia and early intervention may offer the best benefits.

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