Part of determining what
dementia nursing care plan in Fort Worth is right for your loved one is understanding what type of dementia he
or she has. Alzheimer’s disease is the best known and most common
form of dementia, but there are several others that each have their own
set of symptoms and treatments. Here is a closer look at common forms
About 60 to 80 percent of people who have dementia have
Alzheimer’s disease. With this condition, protein fragments called plaques and twisted protein
strands called tangles develop in the brain, alongside nerve damage. As
a result, patients experience difficulty with short-term memory in early
stages and later have impaired communication abilities, confusion, behavior
changes, and difficulty with swallowing and walking. People with Alzheimer’s
disease require continuous care, usually in an Alzheimer’s nursing
home, as the disease progresses.
Vascular dementia typically occurs after a stroke as the result of brain
injury or blood vessel blockage. In the early stages of vascular dementia,
cognitive problems are more common than memory loss. How severe symptoms
become and the exact impact on memory and physical function depend on
the location and extent of the brain injury. It is possible to have both
vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s together, along with other types
of dementia. When this occurs, the condition is referred to as mixed dementia.
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Lewy bodies are protein clumps that cause dementia when they appear in
the cortex of the brain. As with Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss
is a common early symptom of dementia with Lewy bodies. With this kind
of dementia, patients often experience hallucinations, sleep disturbances,
and Parkinson’s-like muscle movements early in the disease. Dementia
with Lewy bodies can also occur with mixed dementia.
At Avalon Memory Care, our compassionate staff is trained to care for residents
with all types of dementia. In our assisted living center, we provide
around-the-clock care in a home-like environment, including medication
management and mental health care. To learn more about our memory care
services, please call (469) 802-3179.