Vascular Dementia – A guide
A common misconception regarding Dementia is that it is a singular illness or disease. The term in fact represents a combination of symptoms and conditions. These include memory loss, confusion, difficulty speaking and loss of cognitive function.
Vascular Dementia is one particular form of Dementia. It can be present alone, or with a combination of other conditions. Of the 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK around 150,000 have Vascular Dementia.
In this article we explain what Vascular Dementia is, how it affects someone, and how you can support yourself or your loved one. Vascular Dementia is a condition caused by a lack of sufficient oxygen and nutrients to the brain, causing the cells within the brain to eventually die. The blood vessels that carry blood to the brain become diseased – they are often weakened and leak, or can become blocked, decreasing their effectiveness in delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Of the various identifiable types of dementia,Vascular Dementia is the second most common form. UK Care Guide