As we age, our memory may start to fade, or it becomes difficult to do everyday tasks. Dignity Health Central Coast neurologists can help determine if these symptoms are part of the normal aging process or early signs of dementia.
Dementia generally describes a neurological condition characterized by loss of brain function and memory. Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia are the more commonly recognized types of dementia. Parkinson’s disease also can cause dementia.
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Understanding Causes of Dementia at Dignity Health Central Coast
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Our neurologists understand that dementia is part of a disease process, and the specific cause depends on the type of dementia.
The major types of dementia are:
- Lewy body dementia is the result of the buildup of a brain protein. The abnormal clumps of protein, or Lewy bodies, damage specific parts of your brain and lower levels of a brain chemical called dopamine. Parkinson’s disease and a family history increase your risks for developing this type of dementia.
- Alzheimer's disease develops from a buildup of abnormal brain structures and tau protein, which interfere with normal brain cell connections. One form of this disease is inherited, or passed down through families.
- Vascular dementia is caused by interrupted blood flow through small vessels in the brain. It’s different from a stroke. Blood clots and fatty plaque can reduce blood flow to the brain. Other risk factors are high blood pressure, smoking, and coronary artery disease.
While a cure does not yet exist, the comprehensive neurological care team at Dignity Health Central Coast focus on prevention and treating the symptoms of dementia with a philosophy of care, dignity, and respect. Reach out to one of our experts today to find out how you may help prevent dementia for your continued health and well-being.
At Dignity Health, we offer neurological care that includes trusted prevention and personalized care for dementia throughout the Central Coast of California.