Making Life Memorable with Cognitive Stimulation Therapy
Welcome to Memory Matters
FOUNDER – ANN DOBBINS
Ann is a Registered Nurse with many years experience in Senior Care. Through her work, Ann recognized the need for a proactive, integrative approach to cognitive care. In 2009 She founded the Memory Matters practice in Ottawa, Ontario to fulfil that need.
WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is a general term that describes a set of symptoms caused by diseases of the brain.
Health care providers must determine whether a change in an individual’s memory function is due to normal ageing or a memory disorder.
All dementia is not Alzheimer’s disease and some dementia symptoms can be reversed or mitigated. MEMORY DISORDER SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:
and severe changes in mood and behaviour.
CAUSES OF MEMORY DISORDER INCLUDE:
Diseases that cause degeneration or loss of nerve cells in the brain such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Lewy body disease and Pick’s disease.
Diseases that affect blood vessels, such as stroke, which can cause a disorder known as multi-infarct dementia.
Toxic reactions, like excessive alcohol or drug use.
Nutritional deficiencies, like vitamin B12 and folate deficiency.
Infections that affect the brain and spinal cord, such as AIDS dementia complex and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Certain types of hydrocephalus, an accumulation of fluid in the brain that can result from developmental abnormalities, infections, injury, or brain tumors.
Head injury — either a single severe head injury or chronic smaller injuries that often occur from boxing.
Illnesses other than in the brain, such as kidney, liver and lung diseases, can all lead to dementia.