Alzheimer's and Dementia

What is dementia?

Dementia refers to a group of symptoms that are caused by changes in brain function. Signs of dementia include changes in memory, personality, and behavior. Dementia makes it hard for a person to carry out normal daily activities.

A person with dementia may ask the same questions repeatedly and get lost in familiar places. He or she may be unable to follow directions; be disoriented about time, people, and places; and neglect personal safety, hygiene, and nutrition.

Older people with dementia were once called senile, and it was thought that becoming senile was just part of getting old. But dementia is not a normal part of aging. It is important to find out the cause of a person's dementia. Some causes of dementia can be treated and reversed. Others are due to irreversible changes in the brain and cannot be cured.

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a type of dementia that usually has an onset after age 65, although early onset AD is becoming more common. In approximately 20% of the cases of AD, the first noticed symptoms are personality changes of either negative types such as withdrawal or apathy, or positive types such as agitation, or suspiciousness. The common symptoms in all cases are the gradual decline in memory function (losing current memories, and retaining older memories) and intellectual ability. Those afflicted do NOT have changes in personality from day to night, in what is called "sundowners syndrome." Click here for the 10 signs of Alzheimer's Disease.


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