Some people who have had a
stroke have problems seeing in some or all of the
normal areas of vision. For example, people with left-sided paralysis may have
difficulty seeing to the left. If the problem is due to a vision loss, most
people learn to make up for this loss by turning their heads. If the person
does not turn his or her head to the affected side, that side of the body may
be ignored or neglected.
Caregivers may notice signs that the person is ignoring the affected
side, such as:
Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia in older people. Because it has a lower profile than Alzheimer's, many people don't suspect vascular dementia when forgetfulness becomes problematic. It's also difficult to diagnose so it's difficult to know exactly how many people suffer from vascular dementia. Current estimates attribute 15% to 20% of dementia cases in older adults to vascular dementia.
Determining the root cause can help determine the best action plan. If it's vascular...