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Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with daily life. Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse.
There are different types of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Cerebrovascular dementia). A thorough evaluation (link to neuropsych) can help determine the cause of dementia and is important for proper diagnosis and treatment planning. Sometimes, symptoms of dementia can be caused by other medical conditions, medications, or emotional symptoms, and these causes may be more curable.
Symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia: memory, communication and language, ability to focus and pay attention, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception. If you’re in doubt, check it out! (have these words link to neuropsych page)
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all cases. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States.
The underlying basis of Alzheimer’s disease are plaques and tangles forming in the brain.
The greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s is increasing age (most people are 65 and older), family history and heredity, but evidence suggests there may be other factors we can influence.
Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing. (link to article I wrote about treatments)
Participants in clinical trials are crucial to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (link to our trials)
For more information relating to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease visit Alz.org
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