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An older woman sitting in a wheelchair smiles at a younger woman kneeling next to her. An older man stands behind her smiling down at them all.

A serious illness or infection can come on quickly, especially in seniors. Some who are cognitively impaired or cannot speak may not be able to tell you if they feel ill, so if you are a family member or caregiver of someone with these deficits, you need to be on the alert for signs of illness. 

An older man, wearing a grey sweatshirt, sits in a chair, his head in his hands.

According to the National Veterans Foundation, more than 5.7 million Americans served during the Korean War era, and today there are still approximately over 2.25 million of them still alive. According to the U.S. Census, about 75% of the over 9 million Vietnam-era veterans are still living.

An older man sits next to a home health care employee.

Seniors need different types of care in their homes for many reasons, whether it is after surgery, after a medical event such as a stroke, or when moving to a new environment after rehabilitation.

The occipital lobe is situated at the back of the head.

This is the fourth and final article in the series about how to deal with dementia symptoms that result from damage to particular parts of the brain. This month’s topic: the occipital lobe.

The frontal lobe is indicated here in red, the area closest to the front of the forehead.

This article is the third in a four-part series about how to deal with dementia symptoms that result from damage to particular parts of the brain. The parietal lobe is the focus this month. 

You may have heard about the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain, which were discussed in the first two parts of the series. But the parietal lobe and its functions are not as well known.

A group of older people in exercise clothes stretch while sitting on the grass in a park.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on Aging, 5.7 million people in the U.S. have dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease accounting for most cases, followed by vascular-related causes. 

The frontal lobe is indicated here in red, the area closest to the front of the forehead.

Part two of a four-part series

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Sepsis is a condition in which infection runs rampant. It is essentially your immune system going into overdrive in an effort to fight an infection that is spreading throughout your body. In its most severe form, it can cause a life-threatening situation called septic shock, in which your organs become severely damaged and your blood pressure is dangerously low. 

“[The temporal lobe’s] primary role is to integrate and interpret sensory input, both audio and visual. It also plays a significant role in several other functions, such as language, memory, and spatial navigation.”

Many factors can be responsible for symptoms that develop due to dementia-related illness. Some symptoms, however, develop because of damage in specific areas of the brain.