- Vascular dementia is a type of dementia that causes changes in cognitive skills.
- It’s the second most common type of dementia that can cause confusion, problems with memory, difficulty concentrating, and more.
- While there is no cure and the general outlook is not good, there are steps you can take to prevent it.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in cognitive skills, such as memory and decision-making. There are many types of dementia too. Alzheimer’s disease may be the most well-known and common but what you may not know is the second most common is known as vascular dementia.
Though it’s common to occasionally misplace items or forget the name of an acquaintance as we grow older, dementia is not a normal part of aging. This is why it’s important to know the signs and see a doctor if they develop. Here’s everything you need to know about vascular dementia, including the common symptoms, causes, and treatment options. We’ll also find out what you can do to prevent it from developing in the first place.
What Is Vascular Dementia?
Vascular dementia is a type of dementia that causes changes in cognitive skills like thinking, memory, and behavior. These changes can be significant depending on “the size, location, and number of vascular changes,” explains the National Institute on Aging.
Vascular dementia is caused by conditions that damage blood vessels and block blood flow to the brain. It’s also the second most common type of dementia, affecting about 5- to 10-percent of individuals over the age of 65.