Disease

Dementia is the loss of cognitive performance to such an extent that it interferes with a person

In the treatment of dementia, early diagnosis is one of the key issues but the diagnosis is often misdiagnosed. Often, the early signs of dementia only become apparent when looking back in time. The tendency for physicians to dismiss memory complaints as normal aging should be replaced by awareness of mild cognitive impairment.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the earliest stage of dementia. The difficulty of diagnosis is that this group scores between 27 and 30 on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), which is a normal score. They may have some difficulties with memory and trouble finding words, but they solve everyday problems and handle their own life affairs well.

However, 70%1 of those diagnosed with MCI progress to dementia at some point.

People with moderate or advanced dementia typically need round-the-clock care and supervision to prevent them from harming themselves or others. They also may need assistance with daily activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing.

Cerebrolysin® shows that it can slow the progression of the disease and it should be already part of the therapy in the beginning of MCI. Find more details in the chapter Clinical Efficacy.