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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dementia What Is IT

The Alzheimers society organizes and helps bring awareness to dementia action week. You may recognize this week by a prior week known as dementia week. The reason for the name change was to help bring much needed awareness to the fact that there is much more action that needs to be taken to create a change. Those with dementia as well as those that love someone with dementia want and need.

Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning. Ages ago what we now call dementia may have been referred to as madness or old age insanity.

Dementia may also be given to a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Those who suffer with Alzheimer know dementia well as it is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease rather it is an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.

Stroke victims may suffer from vascular dementia. This is the second most common dementia type. Other conditions that can cause dementia include thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies. Dementia is not  a part of normal aging

Dementia can start by forgetting names of people close to them, this is not part of normal aging. Older folks may forget names of people they rarely see but those with dementia will forget names of those that they love and are in their daily life. Many with dementia will struggle in conversation as they often repeat phrases or stories in the same conversation again not simply normal aging. Those that suffer with dementia often suffer from unpredictable mood changes, not simply mood changes that are appropriate to certain changes.

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