Dementia Live - (Series 2 Episode 4) - The Brain 🧠
I’ve talked before about the fact that dementia is more than just losing your memory.
Depending on which part of the brain is affected by dementia that will determine which bodily function is affected by the dementia (memory is one of those).
The upper front part of the brain is called the Frontal Lobe. This controls movement, concentration, memory, judgement, impulse control, consciousness and problem solving so if dementia effects this area of the brain these functions could be affected.
The upper back part of the brain is called the Parietal Lobe. It controls touch, temperature regulation, pain and spatial awareness. If dementia were to affect this part of the brain then these functions could be affected. Difficulties with spatial awareness could result in falls or trips.
The lower back part of the brain is called the Occipital Lobe which controls vision.
The central part of the brain is called the Temporal Lobe. There are two areas close together called the Hippocampus and the Amygdale in the temporal lobe.
The hippocampus controls factual memories, this area is particularly susceptible to dementia whilst the amygdala which controls emotional memories is much more resistant to dementia.
So remember there is much more to dementia than memory loss. Depending on which part of the brain is affected will determine which function is affected.
It is possible to live well with dementia with positivity and understanding.
Here’s a quick video on the positives of conditions and looking at happy, funny memories…
Share this with someone who needs to see it and watch out for the next video and post next week.
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