Memory loss in isolation does not mean you have dementia

So far this year they have been detected in the Psychiatric Clinic “Dr. Everardo Neumann Peña” 71 cases related to some type of dementia

Dementia does not constitute a particular disease, but rather refers to a group of symptoms that affect memory, the ability to think and social development in such a strong way that it interferes with people’s daily lives, said Dr. Norma Elena Sugrañes Alfaro, Psychiatrist at the “Dr. Everardo Neumann Peña.

It should be noted that the risk increases with age, especially after 65 years and almost 80 percent of people will present a degree of this after 85 years, or who have a family history of this disease, mild cognitive impairment or if large amounts of alcohol are consumed.

Dementia involves damage to neurons in the brain, which can occur in different areas.

For this reason, it affects each person differently depending on the damaged brain area, explained the specialist. While dementia usually leads to memory loss, memory loss can be attributed to other factors.

So memory loss in isolation does not mean you have dementia. Dr. Norma Elena Sugrañes Alfaro commented that the most frequent signs and symptoms of dementia are the following: cognitive changes, memory loss, difficulty communicating, difficulty solving problems, difficulty with coordination and motor functions, confusion and disorientation, personality changes, depression, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, etc.

So far this year they have been detected in the Psychiatric Clinic “Dr. Everardo Neumann Peña” 71 cases related to some type of dementia. Types of dementias that are progressive and not reversible include Alzheimer’s disease in people 65 years of age and older, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, mixed dementia. In addition to linked disorders such as: Huntington’s disease, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia in older adults; however, dementia can have a variety of causes, affecting many body systems and causing inadequate nutrition, pneumonia, inability to perform self-care tasks, even death, he noted.

Today there is no sure way to prevent dementia, however there are steps you can take that can help keep your mind physically and socially active, stop smoking, get enough vitamin D and maintain a healthy diet.

If you know someone who could be presenting these symptoms, even if they are mild, suggest that they go directly to the “Dr. Everardo Neumann Peña”, located at Carretera a Matehuala Km. 8.5, Soledad de Graciano Sánchez, SLP, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, through the emergency area or by phone: (444) 100-92 -50 and 100-92-61 for appointments, remember that the sooner you go to receive care, we can expect a better prognosis, he concluded.