Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia," which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging. Learn more: Common Types of Dementia,What is Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Find out what how typical age-related memory loss compares to early signs of Alzheimer's and other dementias. 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's
What is a Dementia-Friendly Community? A dementia-friendly community is a place where individuals with dementia:
- Are able to live good lives.
- Have the ability to live as independently as possible.
- Continue to be part of their communities.
- Are met the understanding.
- Are given support where necessary.
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