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Howlyncat
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What is Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is a degenerative cerebrovascular disease that leads to a progressive decline in memory and cognitive functioning. It occurs when the blood supply carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is interrupted by a blocked or diseased vascular system. Vascular dementia generally affects people between the ages of 60 and 75, and affects more men than women.

The most common type of vascular dementia is multi-infarct dementia (MID), which is caused by a series of small strokes, or “mini-strokes,” that often go unnoticed and cause damage to the cortex of the brain—the area associated with learning, memory, and language. These mini-strokes are sometimes referred to as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), which result in only temporary, partial blockages of blood supply and brief impairments in consciousness or sight. Over time, however, the damage caused to brain tissue interferes with basic cognitive functions and disrupts everyday functioning.

Multi-infarct dementia causes loss of functioning to specific areas of the brain, impairing some neurological and mental functions and not others. When vascular dementia occurs with other types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, it is known as “mixed dementia.”

Signs and symptoms of vascular dementia

Signs and symptoms are varied and usually reflect increasing difficulty to perform everyday activities, such as eating, dressing, shopping, etc. Possible signs and symptoms of vascular dementia include:

Signs and Symptoms of Vascular Dementia

Physical signs/symptoms

Behavioral signs/symptoms

  • Memory problems; forgetfulness
  • Dizziness
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Moving with rapid, shuffling steps
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Slurred speech
  • Language problems
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Wandering or getting lost in familiar surroundings
  • Laughing or crying inappropriately
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Problems handling money

Onset can be gradual or dramatic. It appears that a prolonged period of TIAs leads to a gradual decline in memory, whereas a stroke can produce profound symptoms immediately. Regardless of the rate of appearance, vascular dementia typically progresses in a stepwise fashion, where lapses in memory and reasoning abilities are followed by periods of stability, only to give way to further decline.

Brief episodes of numbness and temporary loss of vision, speech, or strength may indicate a mini-stroke (TIA), or be a warning sign of a stroke. If you ever experience these symptoms it is advisable to be proactive and seek medical help.

Causes of vascular dementia

Vascular dementia can be caused in several different ways. Most commonly there is a blockage of small blood vessels somewhere in the vast system of arteries that feeds the brain and enters through the base of the skull. Blockages may be caused by plaque build up on the inside of the artery wall, or by blood clots which have broken loose and clogged a tributary further downstream. Clots can form as a result of abnormal heart rhythms, or other heart abnormalities. Also, a weak patch on an artery wall can balloon outward and form an aneurysm, which can burst and deprive the brain cells of oxygen.

The risk factors associated with vascular dementia, therefore, are those associated with cardiovascular disease. These include: high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, a family history of heart problems, disease in arteries elsewhere in the body, and heart rhythm abnormalities. Lifestyle factors like being overweight or smoking can contribute to the risk, as well.

It is estimated that about 50 percent of the cases of vascular dementia result from hypertension, or high blood pressure. Rarer causes of vascular dementia are associated with auto-immune inflammatory diseases of the arteries such as Lupus and Temporal Arteritis, which are treatable with drugs that suppress the immune system

 ** Will do more on this Vascular Dementia in next couple of days

**Snowy / others as well would appreciate any input**

.........LYN...........

 

 


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Howlyncat
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Snowy
Please add any input as you know this DD better than anyone IMHO

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   Posted 1/2/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
....I am going to the Alzheimer's Society or they are coming here to do a Cognitive Memory Test on me for this'

It is prolly due to my fibro but with 3 women in the family with history of ad and different demetias
PLUS the fact that my memory is getting really bad especially short term ........

I guess I just want it out of the way and be tested to see if it is from Fibro

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   Posted 1/2/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
you'll be in my prayers.....

Howlyncat
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Thanks hun I so appreciate it

I am really worried .............

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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, this hit me like a ton of bricks...thanks for posting this. My boyfriend is back in Philly right now with his parents and brother, and it's because his Mom is having so many memory problems. He said it's worse than he thought it was; a couple of weeks ago she had a mini-stroke and she also has a pacemaker and has congenital heart problems. But, her father had Alzheimer's, so I thought heck, I'll come on this forum and check out some posts and see if I can make any sense of this or try to help out by giving my boyfriend and his brother some sort of direction to go in. So, thanks! This article helps tremendously!

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Carol, it's horrible when someone we once knew is struck with these conditions. My best wishes to your bf and his mother.
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Yes, it's been tough on the whole family. They managed to get her in for a full physical with her doctor, and we'll go back again in a couple of months. This time he took his kids so they could see their grandparents...especially his Mom while she remembers them. It was particularly hard because he's not sure how safe his parents are with the memory lapses she is having...one being putting an empty pot on a searing hot burner....thank heavens they caught it. Not sure what they are going to do but it's hard...I get the same thing with my parents; there are a hundred ways to help them but somehow they get so stubborn that they don't want to take any help. Guess we are all that way, eh?
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One thing I have to say about my grandmother is that she is not stubborn and for that I am grateful. She has always listened to me and relied on me to do what is right. I don't know if I would've been able to handle it if she was the stubborn sort. Older people hang on to their indedpendance as long as possible and sometimes they are stubborn to point of not being able to see that the things they do aren't good or right. Compile on a condition such as dementia and that only compounds the problem. It's such a hard thing to witness and handle.
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   Posted 2/27/2009 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
....Carol
I am so bleeding sorry to know yet another loved one is going thru all of this
Dementia is a horrid DD that takes it 's toll on all but some can be stubborn for sure
Dad was and at first I had to take the knobs off of the stove ( gas)
Once he was also stricken with the brain cancer I had to have him here which I did so with love and lots of guidance and help from all kinds of community outreach programs associated with AD

It was mom that had this type of dementia and I watched her go down fast .........

I did get her on grapeseed for the veins and it helped out alot but alas it was too late
I do have more info on this as I have also been checked for it
PLEASE do not hesitate to email me if you want more
I will post more info on this tomorrow

My thoughts heart and prayers are with you and yours

God Bless
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   Posted 2/28/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lynn; it's been really tough on my boyfriend, but he's doing what he can from across the country. His brother, even though we love him, has decided to disengage and pretend it's not happening. So we ordered a lot of frozen type foods from Safeway and had it delivered; at least they won't have to turn on the stove. Then he called the church, and we are checking into meals on wheels; and a caregiver to check on them. So many things to take care of. I'm blessed that my parents live so close to me, and I can check on them all the time. I'll check into the grapeseed; I'll email you after I talk to him. You are wonderful....and don't forget it.
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Hi Lyn,still doing fairly well considering.I have my days that get screwed up but that's part of the disease I just keep going.I don't drive as much now.Backed into a city traler putting up xmas decorations in early Dec.Traler took over 1/2 the road,lol......
We went to my kids in. Missouri for thanksgiving.I got sick with Pneumonia came home had 4 diff.inj.pills for the infection.Was put on 02 Dec18 still on it.Not bouncing back like I did last Feb...........Such is life I guess......
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   Posted 2/28/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Snowy my friend
I am so sorry
You are a stong and wise woman and I knwo this too shall pass
My heart thoughts and prayers are with you
Pnuemo can really do a number on us cant it

Take care my friend and know I think of you often

Luvs
LYN
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   Posted 2/28/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
...Carol it is hard when denial is part of all of this too
I am so glad you are using the resources out there to help there are many more
Here we have community access and a nurse /Persoanl homecare worker comes in IF the family wants it and needs it
They will come in as many times as doc orders or homecare/free here or covered actually by Government
Look into that as well if you care too
IT does help to have help
This takes so much out of all especially them and thier loved ones
It has to be a DR's order but that is usually no problem
Plz do email me I have more info and I feel the grapeseed did help Mom to an extent but as I said it was so far gone............

I am so glad you are able to look in on parents
Cherish them as I know you do
YOU are a great daughter and girlfriend

hang in my friend and it will work out ..........ppl will help and you and boyfriend are doing awesome job IMHO

NO you are great ...........THanks for your nice words ..........
Luvs............
LYN


There are plenty of good even in the frozen foods at least you have no worries about the stove .......I was terrified believe me

Meals on Wheels is a great thing to have the ppl are caring and try their best
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frankklern
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   Posted 3/2/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Does it matter if a person has vascular dementia or alzhiemer's dementia? My mom has alzheimer's and I am getting burnt out. So I am just curious about the difference.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
Yes there are many types of Alzheimers and dementias
I will bring up the ones so you are able to read of them
Do stay with us and I know you will find plenty of support and caring
I am so sorry about your Mom


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bumping..for those asking about vdemetia
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   Posted 6/2/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Well i went out the other day i fine spirits .
the could not find way home
i had to put pride aside n flag an officer
he was great about it all actually n i sure was scared
i so despise what this dd can do
i wont give up nor in though
btw
i use the micro more as i forget stove is on too

huggs
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/10/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Apparently my fire alarm was going off for 15 minutes but am deaf so i had no clue..
the neighbor came down just screaming at me
i wanted to scream bk but held my temper..albeit it was hard
ll came in n put flashing lights for my fire alarm..well smoke detector
funny thing is i use microwave too as im afraid now of forgetting stuff on stove..
ah the joys eh snowy
but i hv humorous days too lol
gotta hv humor in life...
huggs all
lyn
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LOL<LIn I rarely cook anymore.I just send Larry out to get stuff......
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