In this review, challenging and controversial aspects of vascular dementias in the elderly are examined. Topical discussions underscore diagnostic criteria, epidemiology, clinical syndromes and diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. The need for a reappraisal of dementias with a shift from broad categorization to identification of specific vascular mechanisms that contribute to cognitive impairment and the need for more basic epidemiological studies are highlighted. With this information, a substantial scientifically-based approach to prevention and treatment can be undertaken.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology