What is Rapid Onset Dementia?
Dementia is a degenerative brain condition which can develop as a result of more than 30 different conditions. Rapid onset dementia occurs when the wasting away of brain tissue occurs faster than normal, resulting in more substantial damage in a short amount of time.
Although there is no defined time frame in which rapid onset dementia can occur, many professionals in this field describe it as when patients go from having normal cognition to dementia within 2 years or less.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Rapid Onset Dementia?
Signs and symptoms of dementia can vary depending on the specifics of your senior loved one’s case. However, the most common signs include cognitive change, memory loss, difficulty with problem-solving or completing complex tasks, and confusion or disorientation.
Many people with dementia can also experience psychological and emotional changes such as depression, anxiety, personality changes, paranoia, hallucinations, agitation, and inappropriate behavior.
Some causes of rapid onset dementia can be treated and possibly reversed if a diagnosis, treatment and care plan can be found and put into place quickly enough. For other people with this disease, there is no cure and a progression of symptoms is unavoidable.
While there are many different underlying conditions which can cause Dementia, here are some underlying medical reasons which can cause Dementia:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Vascular or circulatory issues including heart condition
- Other infections
- Blood Sugar / Diabetes
- Low Sodium or electrolyte imbalance
Regardless of the cause, Dementia patients may need specialized In-Home care. Home care can help if your senior loved one has Dementia. At Alliance Senior Care we have specialized care programs tailored to meet the needs of your senior loved one.
To learn more about how In-Home Care can help improve your loved ones’ quality of life, call Alliance Senior Care at 248-274-2170. It’s not just In-Home Care, it is Integrated Care.
Home Care Services are an excellent resource for family caregivers and seniors alike.
Alliance Senior Care Home Care services offer a wide range of services providing healthcare, daily living assistance, transportation to and from Doctor’s appointments and tailored care services for additional circumstances.