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Multi-Infarct Dementia (MID) Common Cause of Memory Loss

By Shelley Krupa, Business Operations Coordinator at Jefferson Memory Care

Alzheimer’s Disease may be accompanied by other types of dementia. Multi-Infarct Dementia (MID) is a common cause of memory loss in the elderly between 55-75 years of age. MID is caused by multiple strokes, disrupting blood flow to the brain, leading to irreversible tissue damage. Often improve for short periods of time, then decline after more strokes. With this type of dementia, knowing the warning signs, risk factors, symptoms, and possible preventions helps you or your loved one find ways to live well with the disease. It’s important to keep your primary care physician updated if you notice any of the early signs, especially if you have any of the risk factors.

Brain Attack; Spot signs of a Stroke, FAST Acronym:

• Face drooping or numbness

• Arm weakness or numbness

• Speech difficulty or slurred

• Time to call 911

• Symptoms often last less than 20 minutes

Risk Factors:

• #1 High Blood Pressure (untreated)

• Diabetes

• High Cholesterol

• Cardiovascular Disease

Common MID Symptoms:

• Confusion or short term memory problems

• Wandering, getting lost in familiar places

• Walking rapid or shuffling steps

• Loss of bowel/bladder control

• Difficulty following instructions

• Laughing/crying inappropriately

• Problems handling money or monetary transactions

Early Prevention is Best Treatment:

• Eating Healthy Diet

• Exercising

• Not smoking

• Moderate use of alcohol

• Maintaining a healthy weight

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