How you can help loved ones with dementia
Dementia is a general term used to refer to a group of disorders with symptoms that affect a person’s cognitive, physical and social abilities severely enough to interfere with the person’s everyday life.
It is considered to be a late-life disease because it tends to develop in older people; however, people in their 30s, 40s or 50s can also develop dementia. There are nearly 100 different types of dementia. Some common types of dementia are:
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Plaques and tangles in the brain cause a steady decline in memory and mental functions. Currently there are 5.3 million Americans diagnosed and there is a new case every 67 seconds.
- Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia. It is caused by decreased blood flow to the brain such as from a stroke.