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What is Dementia?
Dementia is a common condition that affects about 800,000 people in the uk. your risk of developing dementia increases as you get older,and the condition usually occurs in people over the age of 65.
Dementia is a syndrome(a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.This includes problems with:
- memory loss
- thinking speed
- mental speed
- mental agility
People with dementia can become apathetic or uninterested in their usual activities,and have problems controlling their emotions.They may find social situations challenging,lose interest in socialising ,and aspects of their personality may change.
A person with dementia may lose empathy(understanding and compassion),they may see or hear things that other people do not(hallucinations),or may make false claims or statements.
As dementia affects a persons mental abilities,they may find planning and organising difficult.Maintaining their independance may also become a problem.Aperson with dementia will therefore usually need help from friends or ralatives,including help with decision making.
Your GP will discuss the possible causes of memory loss with you,including dementia.other symptoms can include:
- increasing difficulties with tasks and activities that require concentration and planning
- changes in personality and mood
- periods of mental confusion
- difficulty finding the right words
Most types of dementia can't be cured,but if it is detected early there are wys you can slow it down and maintain mental function.