What is Dementia?

Portrait of a senior woman on a walk in the park in late springDementia and Alzheimer’s disease may seem like similar conditions, but there are some key differences between them that affect diagnosis and treatment. Alz.org has put together an informational guide on dementia and explains how it is different from Alzheimer’s Disease.  Here are a few facts:

Serious mental decline such as dementia is NOT a normal part of aging.

Dementia is not a specific disease, but a collection of symptoms that affect core mental functioning. For dementia to be considered as a diagnosis, at least two of the following mental functions must be impaired:

  • Memory
  • Communication and language
  • Ability to focus and pay attention
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Visual perception

Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. Damage to brain cells can affect the functions that take place in that part of the brain (such as memory or language).

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases.

There is no single test to determine if a person has dementia.

For more information, see the full article at Alz.org.

If your family member is struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s, we are here to help. Contact Brooking Park Memory Care today at (314) 576-5545.

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