Brain Injury by degenerative diseases
A degenerative form of brain injury occurs when more and more neurons in the brains and / or connections between these nerve cells break down. As a consequence the brain will stop functioning properly.
By this brain disorder, a person slowly but surely will become completely dependent on care from others. In some people, the decline may proceed very quickly, while others may have many years to live a fairly normal life.
Sometimes the consequences of the degeneration are only physical. Sometimes the effects are revealed by both physical and cognitive decline. It also happens that only a cognitive decline is noticeable. This is what is normally referred to as dementia.
The following degenerative diseases which lead to dementia in varying degrees are described on the website of the Alzheimer Association. In many cases, but not all, it involves a combination of a cognitive decline with a physical decline.
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Vascular dementia
- Lewy body dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Down syndrom and dementia
- Mixed dementia
See also our pages about Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, CAA, Frontotemporal dementia.
Senoir mental health
It has been observed that 7% of people (that's over 20 million in the US and 500 million globally) have a major depressive disorder that profoundly impacts their lives and less than half of them get the help they need.
This depressive disorder may have been caused bij the degeneration process described above. Below you find mental health and recovery resources and help in remodeling home for seniors:
- Elderly Depression and Care for the Elderly
- The Guide to Overcoming Holiday Depression for the Elderly and their Caretakers
- Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older | CDC.GOV
- Addiction Prevention Guide for Seniors
- Substance abuse in older adults
- Depression Treatment: Therapy, Medication and Lifestyle Changes
- Brain Health
- Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer’s
- Staying Healthy as a Senior
- 22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging
- Expertise: Home remodeling for disability and special needs
- Nursing Home abuse guide
- Talking To Your Kids About Your/Parent’s Terminal Illness
- Caregiver Guide to Senior Health Issues
- Eating Well as You Age
- Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors
- Get the Facts on Alzheimer's
- What To Ask Your Doctor
- Substance Abuse and Aniety disorders
- Getting Over Grief: Understanding its Stages and How to Heal