Actress Jane Krakowski discusses the impact of her father’s early-onset dementia in this interview with AARP. Although her father was a brilliant, well-educated man with many hobbies, he began experiencing symptoms at the age of 61. Four years later he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and 5 years after that, he was ultimately diagnosed with vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. It is caused by blockage of lack of blood flow to the brain, possibly due to stroke, aneurysm, blood clot, or damaged blood vessels. Local support groups and a community of patients and caregivers was vital to Krakowski and her family to get them through the difficult diagnosis.
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