Bethesda's inpatient program for dementia is through our Medical Behavioral Services program.
Signs and symptoms
The term "dementia" refers to a brain illness that affects all aspects of thinking, remembering and perceiving.
Symptoms may include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulties with words or language
- Impaired sensory perception or recognition
- Disordered judgment
- Difficulties in performing daily tasks, manifesting as trouble with finances, meal preparation, driving and performance of other activities required to remain independent at home
- A change in personality and behavior, resulting in difficulty with motivation, resistiveness to assistance, suspiciousness and depression
Left untreated, behavioral problems can worsen and threaten the health and safety of patients and those caring for them.
Causes of dementia
It is known that many illnesses can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause, representing up to two-thirds of all cases of dementia in adults.
Other common illnesses can result in dementia including Parkinson's disease and stroke. Some common medical problems can also masquerade as dementia. These can include depression, certain infections, thyroid illness, vitamin deficiencies and adverse reactions to prescribed and over-the-counter medications.
Because the causes and treatments of dementia can vary, an evaluation should be performed when symptoms emerge.
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