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    What is Binswanger’s Disease (White matter disease) and can your memory care community in West Columbia help?

    Dementia is a broad term that describes a group of illnesses that all cause cognitive decline such forgetfulness, problems with communication, difficulty following directions, etc. Binswanger’s Disease, also known as white matter disease or cortical vascular dementia, is caused by blockage in the blood vessels that supply the brain causing death of brain tissue in those areas.

    The most defining symptom of Binswanger’s disease is the slowing of psychomotor skills. For example, a person may slow in the time it takes to turn the thought of a letter into the shape of a letter on a piece of paper.

    Binswanger’s disease is progressive and irreversible, but a healthy life style including a balanced diet, medication management, and appropriate social interactions like those found at Colonial Gardens in West Columbia, South Carolina may help slow the progression.

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