Veterinarian Reviewed on June 22, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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What is Senility?
People experience deterioration of their body and mind as years pass by. Senility means mental weakness or infirmity and is usually associated with old age, but it can affect even babies and children. This deterioration or aging of mind is also called dementia. Dementia is not a single disease, but rather a non-specific illness syndrome (i.e., set of signs and symptoms) in which affected areas of cognition may be memory, language, attention, orientation or problem solving. It is normally required to be present for at least 6 months to be diagnosed.
What Causes Senility?
Senility can appear as a result of different diseases. Most often it is a result of degenerative brain diseases such as:
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Vascular Dementia
• Huntington’s Chorea
• Lewy Body Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of senility, when people experience signs of senility or memory problems such as difficulty recalling past events (especially the more recent ones) as well as learning new things.
Other known causes of senility include :
• D r u g Addiction
• Poor Nutrition
• Thyroid Dysfunction (e.g. Hashimoto’s Disease)
Other less common conditions which may result in senility include :
• Urinary Tract Infections
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Wilson’s Disease
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
• Brain Tumors
• AIDS Dementia
Signs & Symptoms of Senility
Symptoms of dementia can be classified as either reversible or irreversible, depending upon the etiology of the disease. Fewer than 10% of cases of dementia are due to causes that may presently be reversed with treatment. Causes include many different specific disease processes, in the same way that symptoms of organ dysfunction such as shortness of breath, pain or jaundice are associated with many etiologies. Senility is caused by gradual degeneration of the brain cells.
Senility symptoms can include :
• Progressive Memory Loss
• Poor Judgment
• Impaired Concentration
A professional screening and/or evaluation by a healthcare practitioner is needed to properly diagnose a degenerative brain diseases like senility. First signs of senility are typically recognizable by the sufferer or immediate family and close friends.
Classical Treatment of Senility
Generally, because it is a degenerative condition, individuals affected with senility become progressively worse with time.
Althouh some conditions cannot be treated, early recognition can allow you to create a management plan that will ensure the greatest quality of life for the greatest amount of time, while lessening common senility symptoms. A thorough examination and accurate diagnosis is necessary to create a successful management plan.
Prescribed medications can slow down the progress of senility and other degenerative brain diseases, but success is often accompanied by unwanted side effects, particularly in elderly patients. Medication can also be used in conjunction with psychiatric or behavioral therapies.
Holistic Treatment of Senility
Unlike prescription medications, alternative therapies like natural remedies are virtually free of these unwanted side effects, and are a good treatment option for managing senility symptoms. They also work well in combination with psychiatric or behavioral therapies.
A combined therapy of herbal and homeopathic remedies, such as Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Hawthorn (Crataegus oxycanthus) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolium) can support both the brain and mental health. They can also provide safe, effective relief.
Additionally, proper nutrition, exercise, and positive lifestyle choices are important in sustaining mental clarity. As we grow older, it is important to participate in stimulating activities, thus keeping our minds active. When it comes to the elderly, this is essential
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan