Dr. Christopher Zust
McLeod Neurological Associates
Dementia is the loss of mental function, such as thinking, memory and reasoning. More women are affected by dementia than men; In fact, worldwide, women with dementia outnumber men 2 to 1. Studies tell us that brain scans show the rate at which brain cells are dying in the brain are faster in women than in men.
Dementia can affect a person’s ability to perform the simplest of daily tasks, such as getting dressed or eating. People with dementia may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change, and they may become easily agitated. They might even see things that aren’t really there.
While dementia can happen to anyone, the condition is more common after age 65. Dementia is not actually a disease; it is a group of symptoms that might accompany certain diseases or conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and stroke.
Researchers believe there are numerous factors that may explain why women suffer from dementia at a higher rate than men, including genetic and environmental causes. However, the primary reason offered for this gender difference is women’s greater longevity, as risk of developing dementia increases with age.
While medications are available to treat some of the diseases that cause dementia, medications cannot cure dementia or repair brain damage. However, some of the conditions that cause dementia might be reversible. A neurologist can determine if the dementia is caused by a disease or a potentially-reversible condition and assist with a treatment plan.
If a loved one is experiencing symptoms of dementia, there is help available. Learn more by calling McLeod Neurological Associates at 843-665-4104.