'Many kinds'of dementia

There are many different forms of dementia and it is important that individuals seek a careful diagnosis if they believe they or someone they know may be demonstrating symptoms, according to one sector commentator.

In news that may be of interest to those seeking Alzheimer's care for their loved ones, Carol Bradley Bursack, herself a caregiver, explained that her father, uncle, mother and mother-in-law all had dementia but none were retirementhomes.com/homes/Alzheimers_Care/index.html" target="_self">Alzheimer's sufferers.

While her father suffered the condition after surgery, her uncle's dementia was caused by strokes, she wrote on the online pages of Health Central.

The American Family Association explains that dementia is in fact an umbrella term that encompasses Alzheimer's disease, the stroke-caused vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease and others.

"If an individual is diagnosed as having a dementia, it is a very important to pursue further testing to determine the type of dementia he or she has in order to pursue the best possible treatment as soon as possible," the group notes.

Meanwhile, a recent article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society advised that Alzheimer's patients should have their condition disclosed to them as it may provide relief if an explanation of their symptoms is provided, Mayo Clinic reports.

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