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How Does Dementia Progress?
The most common types of dementia–including that caused by Alzheimer’s, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal dementia–all get worse over time as the damage to the sufferer’s brain increases. Different types of dementia progress at different rates, with Alzheimer’s dementia, usually being one of the slowest types.
- In Alzheimer’s, dementia typically progresses from mild memory and language problems, through increasingly severe states of confusion, to eventual extreme problems such as the inability to swallow, loss of speech, and incontinence.
- Vascular dementia, depending on the cause, may progress quickly or slowly, and in late stages, it often closely resembles Alzheimer’s.
- Lewy body dementia often causes hallucinations and movement problems in its early stages, but in its later stages, it also often resembles Alzheimer’s.
- Early stages of frontotemporal dementia are sometimes characterized by behavior changes, personality changes, and language problems. As with other types of dementia, later stages tend to resemble those of Alzheimer’s.
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