Dementia is a collection of symptoms, not a disease. It affects the intellectual and social skills in such a way that it interferes with daily functioning and is caused by changes in the brain. Dementia may be determined by at least two of the many indicators including memory loss, impaired judgment, confusion, changes in personality, difficulty in coordination or inappropriate behavior. Progressive dementia may be the result of disorders such as Alzheimer's, Creutzfeldt Jakob disease or HIV. Signs of dementia may also be caused by certain medications, infection, metabolic problems, poisoning, alcoholism, smoking, poor circulation or inadequate nutrition, some of which when addressed can reverse symptoms.
Massage can help reduce the stress associated with dementia as well as help improve circulation which will increase oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Anyone experiencing symptoms of dementia should be referred to a physician to determine the cause.