Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. It’s estimated to affect around 150,000 people in the UK. About 5% to 10% of people with dementia have vascular dementia alone.
Vascular dementia can start suddenly or begin slowly over time.
These problems can make daily activities increasingly difficult and someone with the condition may eventually be unable to look after themselves.
The tests that are needed to make a diagnosis include:
Find out more about the tests used to diagnose dementia.
There’s currently no cure for vascular dementia and there’s no way to reverse any loss of brain cells that happened before the condition was diagnosed.
But treatment can sometimes help slow down vascular dementia.
Treatment aims to tackle the underlying cause, which may reduce the speed at which brain cells are lost.
This will often involve:
Other treatments, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dementia activities (such as memory cafes) and psychological therapies, can help reduce the impact of any existing problems.
At Cavendish Homecare we can help support you and your loved ones with our expertise in delivering Dementia care at home. We know that living with Dementia can have a huge emotional, social, and psychological effect on both the person and their loved ones. We believe that allowing people to remain in their own homes is beneficial to keeping them in a familiar environment and reducing stressful situations which may arise in other settings.