Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving, and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.
The causes of dementia can be divided into two main categories:
- Primary dementias are caused by diseases that specifically target the brain. These include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Parkinson’s disease dementia.
- Secondary dementias are caused by other medical conditions, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumor, or chronic alcoholism.
In addition to these causes, there are a number of risk factors for dementia, including:
- Age. The risk of dementia increases with age.
- Family history. People who have a family history of dementia are at increased risk.
- Certain genes. Some people have genes that make them more likely to develop dementia.
- Head injury. People who have had a head injury are at increased risk of dementia.
- Stroke. People who have had a stroke are at increased risk of dementia.
- Lack of education. People who have less education are at increased risk of dementia.
- Low socioeconomic status. People who are of low socioeconomic status are at increased risk of dementia.
- Poor lifestyle habits. People who smoke, drink too much alcohol or are obese are at increased risk of dementia.
There is no cure for dementia in conventional medicine, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms.
Homeopathy has a lot of possibilities to treat patients with dementia. As a holistic method of healing, homeopathy focuses on the whole person, his medical history, genetic predisposition, and lifestyle. Homeopathy has 57 remedies for dementia. But patients suffering from dementia may need any of them or sometimes other remedies depending on their overall symptoms.
These treatments include conventional medicine:
- Medications. There are a number of medications that can help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- Non-drug therapies. There are a number of non-drug therapies that can help to manage the symptoms of dementia, such as cognitive training, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
- Support. People with dementia and their caregivers need support from family, friends, and professionals.