Symptoms of vascular dementia

Symptoms of vascular dementia depend on what part of the brain is affected and to what extent. Like Alzheimer's disease, the symptoms of vascular dementia are often mild for a long time. They may include:

•           Problems with short-term memory

•           Wandering or getting lost in familiar surroundings

•           Laughing or crying at inappropriate times

•           Trouble concentrating, planning, or following through on activities

•           Trouble managing money

•           Inability to follow instructions

•           Loss of bladder or bowel control

•           Hallucinations or delusions

Symptoms that suddenly get worse often signal a stroke. Doctors look for symptoms that progress in noticeable stages to diagnose vascular dementia. Alzheimer's, by comparison, progresses at a slow, steady pace. Another clue is impaired coordination or balance. In vascular dementia, problems walking or balancing can happen early. With Alzheimer's, these symptoms usually occur late in the disease.

 

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