What is dementia? Can it be cured?
Dementia is a term that includes different brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementias, and frontotemporal dementias.
Dementia is common among elderly people, and may cause a decrease in cognitive skills, making the individual unable to think, judge, or respond properly to a situation.
There is no cure for dementia yet. There are several FDA approved medications that can treat the symptoms of the disorder and reduce memory problems. Some forms of dementia that can be treated include: dementia resulting from long-term substance abuse, tumors that can be excised, subdural hematoma, normal pressure hydrocephalus, vitamin B12 deficiency, hypothyroidism, and hypoglycemia. Alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct dementia or dementia due to multiple small strokes, dementias associated with Parkinson's disease, and AIDS dementia complex are untreatable.