When talking about dementia the most commonly discussed one is Alzheimer’s. There are others that get some attention such as Lewy Body dementia. However, one type of dementia that may not get as much attention is mixed dementia. This can be concerning as studies are showing it may be more common that most realize. Below is a brief overview of mixed dementia.
As the name implies, mixed dementia is where a person has more than one kind of dementia. A common combo is Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Recent studies from the Rush Memory and Aging Project Study reveal that, out of the volunteers who had Alzheimer’s, over 50 percent of them had pathologic evidence of at least one other coexisting dementia.
Currently, researchers are trying to better understand how mixed dementia works. Hopefully, one day they will find some insight on how to better treat it.