What is Dementia?

Dementia is a condition most commonly found in older adults. Dementia refers to a cognitive impairment of one or more faculties used for day-to-day life, such as language, memory loss, diminished reasoning, or reduced inhibitions.

There are a number of dementia treatments that have significant promise. Various medications for dementia and therapies can help to slow cognitive decline and increase environmental awareness in seniors. We also provide patient and family education, along with counseling to help manage the symptoms of dementia.

Dementia Symptoms

Dementia, while common in older adults, is a complex diagnosis that usually consists of a mix of dementia symptoms. Because many seniors have trouble pinpointing these symptoms for themselves, it’s important for caretakers and family members to also be on the lookout for the following:

  •  Confusion
  •  Disorientation
  •  Memory loss
  •  Communication problems, such as remembering simple vocabulary
  •  Loss of direction or spatial awareness
  •  Organizational problems
  •  Lowered sense of reasoning and problem-solving skills
  •  Decrease in motor skills

Behavioral changes that are most commonly associated with dementia symptoms are also listed below:

  •  Depression
  •  Inappropriate behavior
  •  Increased lack of inhibitions
  •  Personality changes
  •  Anxiety
  •  Paranoia
  •  Hallucinatory symptoms
  •  Irritability

How We Treat Dementia

Gagne Behavioral Health Care evaluates patients exhibiting symptoms for all stages of dementia. Evaluations may consist of memory and attention tests, assessment of language skills, and other cognitive or neuropsychological tests.

Gagne Behavioral Health Care can help determine the dementia treatments that are right for each specific individual. Our methods of treatment include medications for dementia. We also offer medications that aid with additional dementia symptoms, such as depression, sleep disturbances, hallucinations, irritability, tremors, slow movement, impaired speech or muscle stiffness. We also help to provide several therapeutic modalities to assist patient and family in managing dementia symptoms and activities of living. .


Is dementia preventable?

Dementia is not preventable in the conventional sense, but certain measures put patients at lower risk of developing the condition. Regular mental exercise, physical activity, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep can help prevent dementia. Reducing cardiovascular risk factors, especially in the case of vascular dementia, by taking efforts to ensure proper blood pressure levels, avoid smoking habits, or high cholesterol or BMI (body mass index) can keep dementia at bay. Avoiding strain on the cardiovascular system can significantly reduce several risk factors of dementia and dementia symptoms in older adults.

What are common risk factors of dementia?

Some of the most common risk factors are things that can’t be avoided, such as age, family history of dementia or dementia-related diseases, or the early onset of Alzheimer’s in people with Down syndrome. However, many patients might be able to reduce their risk of experiencing dementia or dementia symptoms by controlling the following factors:

  •  A sedentary lifestyle, which has been shown to have a significant connection to onset of dementia
  •  Poor dietary habits and/or poor nutrition
  •  Heavy alcohol use
  •  Cardiovascular stress caused by conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity
  •  Depression
  •  Diabetes
  •  Smoking
  •  Sleep apnea or other sleep disturbances

Are there home-based or alternative treatments for dementia?

Research has not confirmed any one alternative medication that treats dementia. However, there are many suggested therapies that are said to help improve memory function reduce negative symptoms such as agitation and paranoia, such as the following:

  •  Exercise
  •  Massage therapy
  •  Art therapy
  •  Pet therapy
  •  Music therapy

At Gagne Behavioral Health Care, we can also discuss treatments such as CBD and dementia interventions that follow natural treatments, such as medical marijuana for dementia.

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