Because of awareness campaigns just about everyone has heard of Alzheimer’s disease however most people think dementia is Alzheimer’s and vice versa. Actually, Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. Dementia has multiple causes and is defined as damage to the brain’s nerve cells which can happen by a variety of causes. Some dementia is reversible others are called progressive which means they worsen over time. Most forms of dementia can be treated to help slow the progression, however, which makes having the right memory care for the patient is crucial to their long-term prognosis.

Types Of Dementia:

  • Alzheimer’s disease, cause not fully understood, treatable but progressive
  • Vascular dementia, cause impaired blood flow to the brain (stroke, infection), progressive
  • Lewy body dementia, caused by lewy bodies ( abnormal proteins) in the brain, progressive
  • Frontotemporal dementia, cause not fully understood, progressive
  • Infections/Immune disorders, various causes, reversible with treatment of underlying disorder
  • Metabolic/Endocrine disorders, various causes, reversible with treatment of underlying disorder
  • Nutritional deficiencies, vitamin B-12, B-6, thiamin, and/or dehydration, reversible
  • Adverse reaction to medication, single medications or combinations of medications, reversible
  • Subdural hematomas, brain bleeding, reversible is possible with treatment
  • Poisoning, lead and/or pesticides, reversible
  • Anoxia/Hypoxia, lack of oxygen in brain or tissues and/or exposure to CO2, not always treatable
  • Normal-pressure hydrocephalus, too much spinal fluid in brain, treatable but unlikely reversible

There are other medical conditions which are link to dementia: Huntington’s disease, an inherited condition in which causes neurological cells to waste away; traumatic brain injury, repeated blows to the head typically from sports; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which be inherited or contracted by exposure to infected tissues; and Parkinson’s disease, which is caused by a lack of dopamine and the destruction of the basal ganglia of the brain. However, dementia is considered a secondary diagnosis with these medical conditions.

Services Provided At Ashford

At Ashford Utah we can service all the needs of dementia patients. Our memory care unit is specially designed for dementia patients. The 16-bed unit only features private rooms for the comfort of the residents and their families. A wonderful, highly-skilled staff provides your loved one with these services:

  • Medication Assistance
  • Meal Preparation
  • Housekeeping
  • Personal Laundry Service (included)
  • Bathing and Dressing Assistance
  • Incontinence Care
  • Secured Environment
  • Fall Protection Monitoring
  • Wireless Emergency Response System

If you or a loved one are in need of memory care services in Utah County we hope you will consider Ashford. Please contact us today for more information.

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