My name is Bob DeMarco, I am an Alzheimer's Caregiver. My mother Dorothy lived with Alzheimer's Disease. We lived our lives one day at a time. IAAAC is a companion site of the Alzheimer's Reading Room.
The study helps explain "sundowning", an anxiety syndrome in dementia patients.
I found this research study interesting. I say this because I learned it is easier to deal with a problem and solve a problem if you first learn what is causing the problem. Understanding the cause of a problem provides a foundation on which a caregiver can build -- a necessary frame of reference.
Dementia is a an illness that usually occurs slowly over time, and usually includes a progressive state of deterioration.
The earliest signs of dementia are usually memory problems, confusion, and changes in the way a person behaves and communicates.
Cognitive symptoms of dementia can include poor problem solving, difficulty learning new skills, and impaired decision making. Behavior changes can include fear, insecurity, anger, and often, depression like symptoms.
Dementia is caused by various diseases and conditions that result in damaged brain cells. Brain cells can be destroyed by brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, or strokes (called vascular or multi-infarct dementia), which decrease blood flow to the brain.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.
Many will discover it’s not Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease at all that impairs function, instead its Lewy body dementia (LBD), the second most common form of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.