Depending on what part of the brain was affected by a stroke, the way a person acts may be different from how he or she acted before the stroke.
A person who was very concerned about details before a
stroke may become sloppy and care little about
personal appearance after a stroke. Because these problems may be annoying, it
is easy to think that there is an emotional or psychological problem. In some cases, that may be true. But also consider:
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...