Alzheimer's & Dementia: Questions You Have...Answers You by Jennifer Hay

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Q: Does the same thing hold for head injuries? A: Yes. With medical treatment, including drugs to reduce swelling, and the brain's normal healing process, some brain damage caused by head injury can be reversed, leading to a reversal of dementia symptoms. In other instances, physical, occupational or speech therapy and cognitive retraining can enable undamaged areas of the brain to assume the functions of damaged areas. But the success of these treatments depends on the location and extent of brain damage.

A: They can. Hypoxia can also be caused by blood loss or chronic lung diseases. In hypoxia, the amount of oxygen flow to the body's cells slowly decreases, causing fatigue, slow mental responses and an inability to perform physical tasks. Q: How is hypoxia treated? A: Treatment may include heart- and lung-stimulating drugs or oxygen therapy. This generally reverses the above- Page 40 mentioned dementia symptoms or at least stops their progression if permanent brain damage has occurred. Q: Are there any other causes of reversible dementia?

This can result in lethargy and a slowing of physical and mental functions. But hypothyroidism can be treated by ingesting additional thyroid hormone. This generally reverses dementia symptoms. Q: And hypoglycemia? A: Hypoglycemia occurs when the concentration of glucose (sugar) in the blood falls below normal, starving the body's cells of needed energy. Hypoglycemia can result in weakness, trembling, dizziness, confusion, difficulty walking and unusual behavior, including stubbornness and uncooperativeness.

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