My father has had a stroke and is now suffering from virtually no short term memory. When I go on line to find out about Alzheimers and/ Dementia, I get the impression that they are the same illness. Is this the case or are they different illnesses.
the brain relies on a network of vessels to bring it oxygen-bearing blood. If the oxygen supply to the brain fails, brain cells are likely to die and this can cause the symptoms of vascular dementia. These symptoms can occur suddenly, either following a stroke, or over time through a series of small strokes
So then even one stroke can damage the oxygen suppy to the brain and the damage has been done so they have VD .jenniferpastroke related dementia may not be, particularly in an individual where the damage has been caused by a specific stroke event. In the latter case, theoretically, no more strokes would mean no more damage.
Most forms of dementia cannot be cured, although research is continuing into developing drugs, vaccines and treatments.
Drugs have been developed that can temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in the early to middle stages. These drugs act in the brain to maintain supplies of an important chemical called acetylcholine.
These drugs are:
Aricept (donepezil hydrochloride)
As is often the case, a choice between Quality of life as opposed to the prolonging of 'life' (continued breathing) at all costs.It seems to show that this trial resulted in higher than expected mortality rates for those taking Aricept compared with the placebo group.