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Understanding the 5 Main Types of Dementia 


5 Types of Dementia 

Dementia is a term that refers to a group of symptoms that affect brain function, such as memory loss, difficulty communicating, and confusion. In addtion, it is a progressive condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including age, genetics, and lifestyle.

There are five main types of dementia, each with its own set of symptoms and causes. Below is a brief overview of each type:

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Alzheimer’s Disease 

In this type of dementia, plaques and tangles build up in the brain as a result of which brain tissue gradually diminishes. Additionally, symptoms include memory loss, difficulty with language, and changes in mood and behaviour. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease click here.

Vascular Dementia 

Vascular dementia is caused by a decrease in blood flow to the brain, which can be the result of a stroke. Moreover, symptoms include difficulty with decision-making, problems with vision, and problems with walking or balance.

Lewy Body Dementia 

This type of dementia is caused by the buildup of abnormal protein deposits, known as Lewy bodies, in the brain. Additionally, symptoms include hallucinations, Parkinson’s-like tremors, and changes in mood and behaviour.

Frontotemporal Dementia 

Symptoms include changes in personality and behaviour, difficulty with language, and a decline in overall cognitive function.

Mixed dementia 

This type of dementia is a combination of two or more of the other types of dementia. Symptoms can vary depending on which types of dementia are present.

Understanding the different types of dementia is important for individuals who may be experiencing symptoms, and also for their family members. With this knowledge, they can better understand the causes of their symptoms and develop a plan for managing the condition.

If you or a loved one is living with dementia, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our specialised care services.

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