Dementia

Brendan Tillman, Health-5, 10/13/2015

Dementia is not a game, you'll forget your own name.

Dementia is an overall decline in intellectual function , including difficulties with language , simple calculations, planning and judgement, motor skills, and loss of memory. It doesn't matter what age or gender the person is but is most commonly found in people who have aged older than 85. Dementia can be caused by almost 40 different diseases disorders, or injuries. The prevalence of dementia increases rapidly with age and is most feared by older adults in the United States. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behavior. Some types of dementia are reversible, and a few types respond to specific treatments related to their causes.

Definition

Dementia is not a specific disorder or disease. It is a syndrome (group of symptoms) associated with a progressive loss of memory and other intellectual functions that is serious enough to interfere with performing the tasks of daily life.

The Causes of Dementia

Dementia has many different causes. Dementia is a group of symptoms rather than one disease. The most popular form of dementia is Alzheimer's Disease (AD), which is a disease that is responsible for a little less than half of all cases of dementia.

Age/Gender

Dementia can occur to anyone at any age from an injury or from oxygen deprivation, although it is commonly associated with aging

Treatments and/or Medications

Some cases of dementia are caused by medical conditions that can be treated, and treatment can restore some or all mental function. But most of the time, dementia cannot be reversed.

Early, Intermediate, and Severe Dementia

The first sign of dementia is usually difficulty with short-term memory. Other signs may become noticeable; the person may have difficulty remembering words and might compensate or make up for it by using a different word.


As the disease causing dementia worsens, so do the symptoms. The person may no longer be able to learn new things. He may not be a able to dress, feed, or bathe themselves may have more noticeable mood swings.


As the disease progresses from intermediate into severe dementia, these symptoms continue to worsen. The person may become completely dependent on others for all of his or her care. The person may not be able to walk may have trouble swallowing food.In the last stages of dementia, the person will most likely die due to infections in the lungs or the blood.

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Agencies

Alzheimer's Society:

Registered office at Devon House, 58 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LB

Phone: 020-7423-3500

Website: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/


Dementia Society of America:

PO Box 600 - Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 1-844-DEMENTIA (1-844-336-3684)

Website: http://www.dementiasociety.org/


Alzheimer's Association:

National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 1-800-272-3900

Website: http://www.alz.org/