Short story about Dementia
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On the job first hand experience of what it’s like to grow old and suffer the denigration of age. This short story encapsulates all that is apparent when confronting a topic that no one cares to discuss first hand from an invited carer perception. The trials of mankind aren’t far from the author’s view at any time and this short story tries to show the importance of care in the community – no matter what the personal cost.
Dementia (taken from Latin, originally meaning “madness”, from de- “without” + ment, the root of mens “mind”) is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body.
Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it can occur before the age of 65, in which case it is termed “early onset dementia“. There are many specific types (causes) of dementia, often showing slightly different symptoms.
However, the symptom overlap is such that it is impossible to diagnose the type of dementia by symptomatology alone, and in only a few cases are symptoms enough to give a high probability of some specific cause.
Diagnosis of dementia is therefore aided by nuclear medicine brain scanning techniques. Certainty cannot be attained except with brain biopsy during life, or at necropsy in death.
Some of the most common forms of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies.
It is possible for a patient to exhibit two or more dementing processes at the same time, as none of the known types of dementia protects against the others. Indeed, about ten per cent of people with dementia have what is known as “mixed dementia“, which may be a combination of Alzheimer’s disease and multi-infarct dementia.
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