Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia. Do you and your staff understand what it is and how it might affect resident care?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, symptoms of vascular dementia include:
- Memory problems may or may not be a prominent symptom, depending on whether brain regions important in memory are affected.
- Confusion, which may get worse at night.
- Difficulty concentrating, planning, communicating and following instructions.
- Reduced ability to carry out daily activities.
- Physical symptoms associated with strokes, such as sudden weakness, difficulty speaking or confusion.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain may show characteristic abnormalities associated with vascular damage.