WHAT IS DEMENTIA ?
Dementia is a general term for impairment of memory and other cognitive functions, such as language and remembering, and many other thinking abilities that interfere with one’s daily life. Which means a person with dementia will have to rely on other people to help them do basic activities of living.
Dementia is a common disease among old people, it is not a part of aging, but 20% of people over 80 years old have dementia.
So what are the symptoms of dementia?
SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA
Dementia is not a single disease, it is caused by several changes in the brain, some cells lose contact with other cells, or they even stop working, which affect one’s behaviors, emotions and personality.
Symptoms of dementia can be different from one person to another, here are some of them:
- Memory loss, confusion, problems with making decisions.
- Losing track of time, difficulty of speaking, losing your way in familiar places.
- Problems with paying bills.
- Difficulties with reading and writing.
- Hallucinating and delusional.
- Taking long time to do simple tasks.
- Problems with emotions and losing balance.
If you or someone you know show signs of thinking problems, you should go see a doctor, since the symptoms start slowly and get severe while progressing.
CAUSES OF DEMENTIA
As we know, our brains have different regions, each one of them has its own function, damaging one of them means losing the function that region do ( memory, talking, or moving…).
Each one of dementia types is associated to particular brain cell damage in a certain brain region, that’s why there is no direct cause for dementia. It depends on the brain’s cells and if they’re healthy or not.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEMENTIA
There are many different types of dementia, that’s why the treatment itself depends on what type of dementia the person has.
The most known types of dementia are:
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