Dementia defined: An “umbrella” term used to describe the symptoms of a group of more than 100 conditions that impair memory, behaviors and thinking. The most common causes of dementia are:

  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — the most common form of dementia accounting for 50-70% of all cases. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease that attacks the brain resulting in impaired functioning.
  • Vascular dementia (VaD) — the second most common form of dementia accounting for 20% of cases. Vascular dementia occurs through a reduced blood supply to the brain usually due to stroke.
  • Parkinson’s disease (PD) — accounts for 5% of dementia cases. Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
  • Fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) — accounts for 5% of dementia cases. Fronto-temporal is associated with rounded and tangled bundles of protein in brain nerve cells.
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) — accounts for 15% of dementia cases. Dementia with Lewy bodies is associated with Lewy bodies, which are abnormal brain cells.

Important Facts About Dementia

  • Not all people with dementia are older.
  • Dementia is not a normal part of aging.
  • Two-thirds of people with dementia are women.
  • Half of people over the age of 85 will develop dementia.
  • There is no cure.

What are the symptoms of Dementia?

  • Decline in memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Disorientation to person, place, time
  • Loss of language skills
  • Poor judgement
  • Loss of visuospatial skills
  • Inability to perform activities in sequential order

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