(Vascular Dementia Risk Assessment)
Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia (after Alzheimer’s disease)
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. In vascular dementia, these symptoms occur when the brain is damaged because of problems with the supply of blood to the brain.
Vascular dementia is caused by reduced blood supply to the brain due to diseased blood vessels.
To be healthy and function properly, brain cells need a constant supply of blood to bring oxygen and nutrients. Blood is delivered to the brain through a network of vessels called the vascular system. If the vascular system within the brain becomes damaged – so that the blood vessels leak or become blocked – then blood cannot reach the brain cells and they will eventually die.
This death of brain cells can cause problems with memory, thinking or reasoning. Together these three elements are known as cognition. When these cognitive problems are bad enough to have a significant impact on daily life, this is known as vascular dementia.
Vascular dementia is a lifestyle disease, and therefore something we can reduce the risk of developing. That’s the good news! Now for the Really Good News: There is now evidence that suggests the neuritic plaques and tangles symptomatic with Alzheimer’s disease can lay dormant in the brain and only manifest when the brain is damaged through tiny little strokes we call Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIA’s) – and it is these TIA’s that lead to Vascular Dementia. (The Nun Study – Aging with Grace – David Snowden). This explains why mixed dementia, living with both Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, is very common.
This means, if we do all we can to adopt a healthy lifestyle, we are making every effort to reduce our risk of developing not just Vascular Dementia, but also Alzheimer’s disease.
ABOUT THE DTS-VADRA2016©
Currently, and for the foreseeable future, there is no cure for any of the primary dementias (Neurocognitive disorders) such as Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia and Lewy Body Dementia; and there lies my challenge as a Clinical Dementia Specialist.
For this reason, dementia must be about reducing the risk of developing it; of prevention wherever possible. There is a common misconception that dementia only affects seniors. Wrong! 1 in 150,000 children are born with a form of dementia called Niemen Pick’s Type C.
In regards to Vascular Dementia, this is a lifestyle disease, and by adopting a healthy lifestyle we can reduce our risk of developing it – and therefore we can reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease too.
It is imperative that people take responsibility for their own good health and wellbeing, both physical and psychological.
We have developed the DTS-VADRA2016© (Dementia Therapy Specialists-Vascular Dementia Risk Assessment2016) to help an individual to do two things:
- Identify their risk of developing Vascular Dementia (Low, Medium, High)
- Develop a Shared Action Plan (SAP) that is aimed at greatly reducing those risks and promoting physical and psychological wellbeing. This includes advice on diet and lifestyle and a course of Hypno-Psychotherapy where indicated.
For an appointment, contact Dr. Dan at: DrDan@DementiaTherapySpecialists.com or (928) 899-0647