Everything You Need to Know About the Newly Named LATE Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of memory loss, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer's Association®. But what if your loved one was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but it wasn’t actually Alzheimer’s disease, but a form of memory loss that mimics it? While this may seem a little out of the ordinary, scientists are finding that this has occurred. Suzy McCann, Community Relations Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, Florida, states that there is a new form of dementia that scientists have found called LATE dementia. “LATE dementia appears to mimic Alzheimer’s disease, including the same memory problems, symptoms and signs, but isn’t actually a form of Alzheimer’s at all,” she states. “It’s interesting to see this and learn how this particular form of memory loss was found and to read research about what causes it and how you can help.” In fact, LATE dementia, which stands for limbic-predominant age-related TDP043 encephalopathy, allows for more research to be done into ways to cure, treat and care for those with this form of dementia - potentially giving researchers, caregivers and medical professionals a look into what’s next in Alzheimer’s research.

What Causes LATE Dementia?

According to Emily Woodruff in an article on BeingPatient.com, LATE dementia lacks one primary detail that Alzheimer’s disease has: the beta-amyloid feature. Beta-amyloid is the buildup of plaques and tangles that contributes to Alzheimer’s disease, but LATE dementia is caused by deposits of a protein called TDP-43. This impairs the brain’s memory center and causes symptoms akin to Alzheimer’s without being Alzheimer’s. Because this can only be seen by PET scan, many seniors are misdiagnosed - as they are often not covered by insurance because Alzheimer’s disease is not curable.

Facts About LATE Dementia

To learn more about LATE dementia, consider some of the following facts from Katherine Ellen Foley, a health and science reporter with QUARTZ.

  • It has a slower progression.Those with LATE dementia deal with memory loss; however, it doesn’t progress as quickly.
  • You can have LATE and Alzheimer’s disease together. This can make symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease decline more rapidly.
  • It affects mainly one group of people. Scientists believe that LATE dementia primarily affects those who are over 80 years old.
  • LATE responds differently to Alzheimer’s disease medications.This can help to narrow down what can help those with Alzheimer’s disease while allowing them to focus on this new form of dementia.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, LATE dementia or other forms of memory loss, contact the team at YourLife™ of Pensacola. We would be happy to help you learn more about memory loss, provide you with support and help you provide the best care for your loved one. To RSVP to a support group or to get in touch with a member of our team, contact us today!

The Memory Care Your Loved One Deserves.

Offering the very best in Memory Care, YourLife™ of Pensacola was designed specifically with residents in mind. We’ve created a community where residents can define their own lifestyle, based on their preferences, needs and story, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define their own lifestyles. Because we focus solely on Memory Care, all of our resources and attention are on catering to each resident’s needs while providing unequaled peace of mind for families. Our licensed nurses and YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide personally inspired care and support, no matter what your needs. With such dedicated care, our residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible. At YourLife™ of Pensacola, YourStory comes to life. Whether you want to enjoy our exclusive activities and YourStory programming, spend time exploring our services and amenities, relax in our easy-to-navigate Memory Care neighborhoods and living areas or try something new, the choice is entirely up to you. Contact us to learn more!