Health Matters: Dementia

Health Matters

As we get older, our brains don’t function as efficiently as they once did. Some of that is part of the normal aging process, but if you’re experiencing memory or cognitive problems it could be a sign of dementia.

University Medical Center Psychiatrist Dr. James Reeves said there are ways you can slow the onset of dementia.

“Dementia is commonly thought of as Alzheimer’s disease,” he said. “When people hear ‘Alzheimer’s’ they think dementia, but dementia is actually a broad category.”

While Alzheimer’s is the cause of between 70% and 90% of dementia cases, Reeves said there are other causes including vascular dementia, which is caused by miniature strokes that accumulate over time.

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