Senior Care in Old Greenwich CT: Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Vascular Dementia?

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Is Your Aging Parent at Risk for Vascular Dementia?



Senior Care in Old Greenwich CT

Senior Care in Old Greenwich CTAlzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but did you know that vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia? Vascular dementia is caused when there is a lack of blood flow to the brain, which could be the result of a stroke or a series of strokes. These strokes may be difficult to notice right away, but can cause significant memory loss, confusion, and other symptoms of dementia over time.

The severity of an elder’s vascular dementia depends on the severity of the strokes they suffered from. Some cases could be extremely mild, while others are much more critical. As the elder’s condition progresses, they will eventually need to be cared for around-the-clock by a senior care provider. In order to determine if this is something your loved one is at risk for, here are some of the most common symptoms of this disease.

Changes in Behavior

  • Trouble communicating with other people and frequently unable to find the right words
  • Slurred speech
  • Crying or laughing at inappropriate times
  • Difficulty following instructions, organizing, or planning
  • Unable to accomplish simple tasks, like paying bills or playing a favorite game
  • Easily getting lost in familiar surroundings

Emotional Problems

  • Frequently becoming forgetful
  • Changes in mood, such as becoming depressed, agitated, or angry, or sad
  • Thinking at a slower pace
  • Experiencing delusions or hallucinations
  • Becoming easily confused, especially at night
  • Becoming withdrawn from social events

Physical Red Flags

  • Leg or arm becomes weak
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Rapid movement with shuffling steps
  • Lack of balance
  • Unable to control their bladder or bowel movements

Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors that may put your elderly parent at a greater risk of developing vascular dementia. They include:

  • Age. Adults over the age of 65 are at a greater risk for contracting this disease.
  • High cholesterol. If your loved one has high LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels, they are at an increased risk of vascular dementia.
  • Diabetes. When glucose levels become too high, blood vessels can be damaged throughout the body, which includes the brain.
  • Atrial fibrillation. An abnormal heart rhythm can significantly reduce blood flow to the brain, which can also increase the elder’s chance of developing blood clots.
  • History of strokes or heart attacks. These health problems can also cause problems in how much blood flow gets to the brain.
  • Smoking. Smoking can damage the body’s blood vessels, including those leading to the brain.

Vascular dementia can be a serious condition if not properly treated. If you notice any of these symptoms, have your loved one contact their doctor as soon as possible. 

Source:
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/alzheimers-dementia/vascular-dementia.htm

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Old Greenwich, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

Caleena Namdev, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Stamford

Caleena Namdev is the President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of University of Connecticut. Caleena has been working with seniors for a long time - whether it was her volunteer work with the IRS, or her role at the prestigious trust and estate law firm in Darien. Providing guidance to seniors and family members so they can get the help they need, is a passion for Caleena.

"Hi - I am Caleena Namdev, President and Owner of Synergy HomeCare in Stamford, Connecticut. Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend you our warmest welcome. We know that searching for personalized, high quality care for your loved one is difficult. Your loved ones deserve the highest level of care and support. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we strive to exceed the high standards that you have set for their care. Please call my office at (203) 661-6969 and speak to a member of my CareTEAM™.

When you call us, you will be speaking with Stamford's most reliable, professionally managed, non-medical homecare agency - an agency, you can depend on for the care of your loved ones, whether you live around town, or thousands of miles away. You will also be speaking with an agency, where the owners are directly involved in ensuring that your loved ones get the highest level of care. We are SWCCA approved and are able to work directly with your long term insurance provider and worker's compensation insurance provider."

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