By Clarice C. Cook, CDP
According to an article in Deutsches Arzteblatt International, New Developments in Diagnosis of Dementia, “The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” are often wrongly used as if they were synonyms. Dementia is a clinical syndrome whose main element is memory impairment; it is due to Alzheimer’s disease in more than 75% of cases. Alzheimer’s disease, on the other hand, is a neuropathological entity that is characterized by a protracted preclinical phase followed by the onset of slowly progressive dementia.
Establishing the basic reality of what a disease is promotes a pathway to cure. If the medical profession does not have understanding of what they are treating it is impossible to cure it. Dementia is a result of many causes for memory impairment, cognitive failures, inability to maintain activities of daily living and unusual behaviors, hallucinations or illusions.
It has been my experience as a caregiver that most people that I have encountered are reluctant to take tests or otherwise be examined for diseases to do with the brain. Yet, this three-pound organ takes care of the rest of who we are. The sooner we find the markers for any disease in any part of our body and brain, the sooner we will have quality of life and most of all a longer life.
Just as preventative medicine is important to our heart, lungs, digestive system and all other parts of our bodies, finding the causes for dementia are just as important. In the case of Alzheimer’s, the article New Developments in Diagnosis of Dementia states that ”With the aid of the new biomarkers described.(in the article) here, the likelihood of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease correctly in this phase (before dementia sets in) can be raised above 80%. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease before the onset of dementia provides an opportunity to study potential approaches for secondary prevention, which are now an object of intense clinical research.”
More can be learned about the new dementia identifier discoveries in the following articles and other articles at PubMed.gov.
New Developments in the Diagnosis of Dementia –Gerhard W Eschweiler, Prof. Dr. med.,*,1 Thomas Leyhe, PD Dr. med.,1 Stefan Klöppel, Dr. med.,2 and Michael Hüll, Prof. Dr. med. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2957616/
Brain PET in the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease –Charles Marcus, MBBS,* Esther Mena, MD,† and Rathan M. Subramaniam, MD, PhD, MPH https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4332800/
Creating the Dynamic Dementia Care Team by Clarice Cagle Cook in print at Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel.com and in audio download from Audible.com, narrated by Leigh Ashman
Memory Path Care Solutions by Clarice Cagle Cook in print at Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobel.com and in audio download from Audible.com, narrated by Donna Lorenz Motta