Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of symptoms associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. These symptoms include problems with:

  • memory loss
  • thinking speed
  • mental agility
  • language
  • understanding
  • judgement

Dementia occurs when a disease affects the brain, causing a loss of nerve cells in the brain, the most commonly known disease is Alzheimer’s. It is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the UK. The risk of developing dementia increases as you get older, and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65. People with dementia can become apathetic or uninterested in their usual activities, and have problems controlling their emotions. They may also find social situations challenging, lose interest in socialising, and aspects of their personality may change. A person with dementia may lose empathy (understanding and compassion), they may see or hear things that other people do not (hallucinations), or they may make false claims or statements. As dementia affects a person’s mental abilities, they may find planning and organising difficult. Maintaining their independence may also become a problem. A person with dementia will therefore usually need help from friends or relatives, including help with decision making. Most types of dementia can’t be cured, but if it is detected early there are ways you can slow it down and maintain mental function. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/dementia-guide/Pages/about-dementia.aspx

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