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How does dementia affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Different forms of dementia affect your body differently, but in one way or another they all affect your brain. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer' disease, which causes degeneration of brain tissue and nerve cells. Frontotemporal dementia also causes damage to nerve cells, but only in the frontal and temporal lobes of your brain. Lewy body dementia is caused by masses of protein in your brain known as Lewy bodies, and vascular dementia affects the arteries that move blood from your heart to your brain. Several other factors that ultimately result in damage to your brain cells or nerves may lead to other forms of dementia as well.

Once the early part of dementia sets in, we start to see signs of depression. Sometimes patients will have paranoia and they won’t have a big appetite, which can obviously affect their body. Their ability to keep up with grooming and hygiene slowly declines, and they may even forget to take their medications.

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