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What is Vascular Dementia?

What is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to your brain. You can develop vascular dementia after a stroke blocks an artery in your brain, but strokes don’t always cause vascular dementia. Whether a stroke affects your thinking […]

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How Do You Know if You Have Alzheimer’s or Dementia? When to Seek Help for Memory Loss. Part: 2

A number of conditions — not only Alzheimer’s disease — can cause memory loss in older adults. Getting a prompt diagnosis and appropriate care is important. Reversible causes of memory loss Many medical problems can cause memory loss or other dementia-like symptoms. Most of these conditions can be successfully treated, and your doctor can screen […]

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How Do You Know if You Have Alzheimer’s or Dementia? When to Seek Help for Memory Loss. Part: 1

A number of conditions — not only Alzheimer’s disease — can cause memory loss in older adults. Getting a prompt diagnosis and appropriate care is important. Everyone forgets things at some time. How often have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten the name of a person you just met? Some degree of memory problems, […]

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How Can I Avoid Getting Alzheimer’s? Part 12: Prevention | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know

Prevention By Mayo Clinic staff Right now, there’s no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Research into prevention strategies is ongoing. The strongest evidence so far suggests that you may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing your risk of heart disease. Many of the same factors that increase your risk […]

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How Can I Mitigate the Socially Damaging Aspects of Alzheimer’s? Part 11: Coping and support | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know

Coping and support By Mayo Clinic staff People with Alzheimer’s disease experience a mixture of emotions — confusion, frustration, anger, fear, uncertainty, grief and depression. You can help a person cope with the disease by being there to listen, reassuring the person that life can still be enjoyed, providing support, and doing your best to […]

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What Natural Remedies Help Alzheimer’s? Part 10: Alternative medicine | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know

Alternative medicine By Mayo Clinic staff Various herbal mixtures, vitamins and other supplements are widely promoted as preparations that may support cognitive health or prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened an expert panel that concluded current evidence doesn’t support any benefit from taking vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, folic […]

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How do Doctors Test for Alzheimer’s? Part 7: Tests and diagnosis | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Tests and diagnosis By Mayo Clinic staff There’s no specific test today that confirms you have Alzheimer’s disease. Your doctor will make a judgment about whether Alzheimer’s is the most likely cause of your symptoms based on the information you provide and results of various tests that can help clarify the diagnosis. Doctors can nearly […]

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What Should I Know Before I See My Doctor About Alzheimer’s? Part 6: Preparing for your appointment | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Preparing for your appointment By Mayo Clinic staff You may decide you want to talk to your doctor about memory loss or other cognitive changes, or you may seek care at the urging of a family member who arranges your appointment and goes with you. You’ll probably start by seeing your family doctor or general […]

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What Other Risks Does Alzheimer’s Pose? Part 5: Complications | Getting to Know Alzheimer’s: 12 Things You Must Know | Alzheimer’s Articles, Information and Resources

Complications By Mayo Clinic staff Memory loss, impaired judgment and other cognitive changes caused by Alzheimer’s can complicate treatment for other health conditions. A person with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to: • Communicate that he or she is experiencing pain — for example, from a dental problem • Report symptoms of another illness […]