Wednesday Workshop – What You May Not Know About Dementia
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. It’s clear that rates of dementia, and more specifically Alzheimer’s are on the rise. Millions are directly affected around the globe, while millions more are indirectly affected based on caregiving roles. With so much information online, it’s important that you’re well aware of the facts — here’s a few things you might not know about dementia.
- Dementia is not a natural part of the aging process
Dementia doesn’t care who you are and can affect anyone. Dementia affects everyone differently. It’s caused by diseases of the brain which includes Alzheimer’s disease. It mainly affects people over the age of 65 however there are more than 42,000 people under 65 living with dementia in the United States.
- Dementia is an umbrella term
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
In different types of dementia such as vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, mixed dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies, there is damage to different parts of the brain.
- It’s not just about losing your memory
When most people hear the word dementia, they think of memory loss.
And it does often start by affecting the short-term memory. Someone with dementia might repeat themselves and have problems recalling things that happened recently. But dementia can also affect the way people think, speak, perceive things, feel and behave.
- There is still no cure for Dementia
Of the top 10 causes of death, dementia is the only one we can’t prevent, cure or even slow down, but funding of dementia research is still far too low. Drugs do exist for Alzheimer’s disease which can improve symptoms or temporarily slow progression, in some people.
There are no licensed drug treatments for other forms of dementia.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.
Source: http://www.thecomet.net/news/seven-things-you-may-not-know-about-dementia-1-5017614 and https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20000/about_dementia/847/five_things_you_should_know_about_dementia