The Alzheimer Society provides services not only for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease, but also for people affected by other dementias. Here is a brief description of other forms of dementia:
Fronto-temporal Dementia (FTD) - The term “fronto-temporal dementia” covers a range of conditions, including Pick’s disease. Damage occurs in the frontal lobe and/or the temporal parts of the brain. These areas are responsible for behaviour, emotional responses and language skills. During the initial stages of FTD, memory is still intact, but the personality and behaviour of the person changes. In the later stages, the damage to the brain is usually more generalized, and symptoms usually appear to be similar to those of Alzheimer’s. Click for further reading on Fronto-temporal Dementia from our National website.
www.ftd-picks.org This is the site of The Association for Frontotemporal Dementias (AFTD), an American based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and fund research into finding the cause and cure for the frontotemporal dementias. The site provides information to persons diagnosed with frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and their families and caregivers. The site has detailed information about pick’s disease, corticobasal degeneration, progressive aphasia and semantic dementia.
Vascular Dementia (VaD) – VaD is a type of dementia caused by problems in the supply of blood in the brain. It may result from a single or multiple strokes. Strokes can be large or small, and can have a cumulative effect (each stroke adding further to the problem). VaD usually has a sudden onset immediately following a stroke. The symptoms may vary, affecting some areas of the brain more or less than others (t.g., language, vision or memory). VaD is the second leading cause of dementia.
Click for further reading on Vascular Dementia from our National website.
www.alzheimers.org.uk This publication by the Alzheimer Society of United Kingdom discusses the symptoms, types, risk factors, diagnostic process and treatment of vascular dementia. This easy to read brochure was prepared in 2005.
Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) – LBD is a form of progressive dementia identified by abnormal structures in brain cells called “Lewy bodies”.LBD usually has a rapid progression. In this form of dementia, there is progressive loss of memory, language, reasoning and other higher mental functions, such as calculation. Some features of Lewy body Dementia can resemble Parkinson’s Disease.
Click for further reading on Lewy Body Dementia from our National website.
www.lewbodydementia.org - This is the site of The Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA). The organization is dedicated to raising awareness of the Lewy body dementias (LBD), supporting patients, their families and caregivers, and promoting scientific advances. The Association's purposes are charitable, educational, and scientific. The Directors of the LBDA Board are located throughout the US, and LBDA volunteers are from the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The site features information about Lewy Body dementia, its symptoms and treatment, links to on-line resources, caregiver tips and an email helpline.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) – CJD is a rare form of progressive dementia characterized by degeneration and loss of nerve cells leading to the production of microscopic holes in the brain. CJD usually has rapid onset and decline. Early symptoms may include lapses in memory, mood swings similar to depression, lack of interest and social withdrawal.
Click for further reading on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease from our National website.
www.ninds.nih.govThis is the site of The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). The organization is dedicated to raising awareness, supporting patients, their families and caregivers, and promoting scientific advances. Their purposes are charitable, educational, and scientific. The site features information about Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, its symptoms and treatment, and links to on-line resources.
If dementia affects you, or someone you know, help is just a phone call away. Contact the Alzheimer Society at 204-943-6622 ( in Wpg) or 1-800-378-6699 (outside Wpg).
We offer a variety of services and supports to help you: