Definition of Dementia:

An acquired progressive impairment of intellectual function.  Marked compromise exists in at least three of the following mental activity spheres: memory, language, personality, visuospatial skills, and cognition (i.e. abstraction and calculation).

Also: Senile Dementia

Topics Related to Dementia

Alcohol-related Problems

...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Alcoholism is a possible cause of senile dementia.”

Alzheimer's Disease

...the condition
“Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of senile dementia.  The causes are not yet known, and up to now there is no effective treatment...”
...related topic
“...Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.”
...our question about Level of fish consumption
“...However, the most effective ways to reduce risk of developing dementia are eating a healthy diet including fruit and vegetables, taking regular exercise, and giving up smoking.”
...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Alzheimer's Disease is the most common cause of dementia, being responsible for 60-80% of cases...”
...recommendation Zinc
“...The lower level of zinc in all areas of the tissue studied correlates with reports indicating low serum levels of zinc in other dementia studies...”
...recommendation Aluminum Consumption Avoidance
“...A study in France found that drinking water with high aluminum concentrations may indeed increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia.  High sources of aluminum in the diet include: aluminum cooking utensils, aluminum-containing antacids, and tap water (which may have aluminum sulfate added to remove particulate and organic...”
...recommendation DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
“Over 1200 patients participated in an epidemiological study which showed that people with high DHA levels were 45% less likely to develop dementia than people with low DHA levels...”
...recommendation Estrogen Replacement
“...One study found that the risk of Alzheimer's disease and related dementia for women who had used estrogen was found to be about one third below that of women who had never used estrogen...”
...recommendation Ginkgo Biloba
“Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's-type dementia have shown statistically significant improvement with Ginkgo use...”
...recommendation Phosphytidalserine
“...Double-blind study with phosphatidylserine (PS) in Parkinsonian patients with senile dementia of Alzheimer's type (SDAT)...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“...A study of more than 5,000 men and women found that people who consumed very high amounts of dark green, yellow, and red vegetables appear to reduce their risk of dementia by about 25%...”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“...Although the study was small, and did not attempt to prove a causal effect, it supports previous evidence linking defects in B-vitamin metabolism with age-related dementia and Alzheimer's...”
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

...relationship to Lyme Disease
“Many different neurological conditions may be seen in the later stages of Lyme's Disease, such as blindness, epileptic crises, CVA, extrapyramidal disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and dementia.”

Atrophic Gastritis

...the condition
“...These deficiencies may be disguised as Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia.  Atrophic gastritis is characterized by atrophy of the stomach wall with reduced or absent gastric acid secretion...”

Consequences of Poor Diet

...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Poor nutrition is one possible cause of senile dementia.”

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...The first symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease typically include failing memory, dementia (personality changes together with impaired memory, judgment, and thinking), visual disturbances and problems with muscular coordination...”

Diabetes Type I

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“...reported in the journal Neurology, diabetes mellitus may not only damage the function of the eyes, limbs, kidneys, and heart – it may also impair the function of the brain and hasten the process of senile dementia.  The Rotterdam Study is a large, ongoing prospective analysis which tracked dysglycemia and dementia in over 6,000 individuals over age 55...”

Diabetes Type II

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“...6,370 subjects over age 55, diabetes mellitus may not only damage the function of the eye, limbs, kidneys, and heart – it also appears to impair the function of the brain and hasten the process of senile dementia.  The researchers found that diabetes mellitus nearly doubles the risk of developing both vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease...”

DMAE a treatment
“...Several studies have shown no memory benefit in senile dementia and Alzheimer's Disease...”

Down's Syndrome

...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Although many people with Down's syndrome do develop dementia in their later years, this is by no means inevitable...”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...the condition
“...These diets also appear to protect to varying degrees against Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Crohn's disease, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, premature aging, erectile dysfunction, prostate enlargement, and reduced male fertility...”

Ginkgo Biloba a treatment
“...It has recently been approved in that country for the treatment of dementia.  This ornamental tree, native to the orient, is now cultivated around the world for its beauty, disease and pollution resistance, as well as for its medicinal value...”

Hearing Loss

...relationship to Sarcoidosis
“Nervous system effects, including hearing loss, meningitis, seizures or psychiatric disorders (for example, dementia, depression, psychosis) are possible signs of sarcoidosis.”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...Mental symptoms include apathy, dementia, and anorexia...”
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Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Some of the complications of hormonal imbalances include ... Psychological disorders such as dementia...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Nausea and vomiting; Heartburn; Feeling full as soon as you start eating; Excess gas; Loss of taste for meat; Bad breath; Yeast infection; Rectal itching; Laryngitis; Weak/brittle nails; Depression; Dementia; Undigested food in stools; Fatigue; Hair loss (especially in females); In order to detect hydrochloric acid deficiency, a doctor will first perform a physical exam while taking the patient's...”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...High blood pressures can lead to other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney damage, dementia and blindness...”

Low Male Testosterone Level

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“Baltimore Longitudinal Study showed a strong correlation between low testosterone levels and dementia, as well as increased risk of Alzheimer's disease.”

Meyer's Cocktail a treatment
“ indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic vascular disease, acute infections, and senile dementia.  The solution is slowly injected over a 5-15 minute period.”

NADH a treatment
“...In another pilot study, 17 patients with dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease were treated with NADH for eight to 12 weeks...”

Parkinson's Disease

...relationship to Alzheimer's Disease
“...About 15% of Parkinson's disease victims eventually develop Alzheimer's disease, and another 15% develop other forms of dementia.”
...relationship to Senile Dementia
“...However, about 30% of Parkinson's disease victims eventually develop Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.”

Poor Memory

...the condition
“...Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia are sources of memory loss in older persons and are associated with the gradual erosion of the personality...”


...the condition
“...Well-known causes ... Dementia paralytica...”
...relationship to STD Syphilis
Dementia paralytica, or paresis, is a form of syphilis which generally affects patients in their 40s or 50s...”

Seizure Disorder

...the condition
“...Degenerative disorders such as senile dementia which affect older people...”

Senile Dementia

...the condition
Senile dementia is a disease caused by degeneration of the brain cells...”
...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“Drug poisoning can cause senile dementia.”
...recommendation NADH
“Because of its potential to stimulate endogenous L- DOPA synthesis, 17 patients in one study with symptoms ranging from mild cognitive decline to severe dementia received oral NADH as the disodium salt 10mg in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast...”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“The best way to prevent multi-infarct dementia is to avoid smoking and alcohol, maintain a balanced diet, take regular exercise, have a positive attitude, and keep high blood pressure and diabetes under control.”


...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Multi-infarct dementia is caused by a series of minor strokes...”

Tooth Loss

...relationship to Senile Dementia
“...American Geriatrics Society found that those who couldn't chew properly because they were missing teeth and didn't wear dentures were at increased risk (91% for men, 22% for women) for developing dementia than those who were able to chew normally...”

Vascular Dementia

...the condition
“...There are three different types of vascular dementia ... Stroke-related dementia: A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off for a while, leading to brain tissue damage...”
...relationship to Senile Dementia
“Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's Disease.”

Vasopressin a treatment
“...Vasopressin is used to treat memory deficits due to old age (senile dementia), drug toxicity and amnesia...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) a treatment
“...It was initially well demonstrated to be helpful for the neuroses and psychoses described as the "dementia of pellagra," the niacin deficiency disease...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Characterized as the disease of the "three Ds", pellagra causes its victims to experience dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia.  (The fourth D was death)...”
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