What Are Types of Dementia?

Q:
What are types of dementia?

A:
There are many different types of dementia:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease – More than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
  • Dementia With Lewy Bodies (DLB) – Lewy bodies are microscopic deposits of a protein that form in some people’s brains.
  • Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) – Patients would develop cell damage in areas of the brain that control planning, judgment, emotions, speech, and movement.
  • Huntington’s Disease – This is a brain disorder caused by a genetic defect that’s passed down through family members.
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – This type of dementia is caused by a buildup of fluid in the brain.
  • Parkinson’s Disease Dementia – People with the nervous system disorder Parkinson’s disease get this type of dementia about 50% to 80% of the time.
  • Vascular Dementia – It usually happens because someone has had a major stroke, or one or more “silent” strokes.
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome – This disorder is caused by a severe shortage of thiamine (vitamin B-1) in the body.
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease – This is a rare condition in which proteins called prions cause normal proteins in the brain to start folding into abnormal shapes.
  • Mixed Dementia – This is a combination of two types of dementia. The most common combination is Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

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