What is Dementia?

Dementia is an age associated condition that affects and diminishes quality of life. 

  • Dementia causes a loss of cognitive function severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.
  • Dementia is NOT a disease.
  • Dementia is NOT part of normal aging. 
  • Dementia is a term used to describe a group of clinical/behavioral symptoms associated with a certain disease or condition. Below is a graphic illustrating this.

Dementia_UmbrellaWhy is it Important to Know the Type of Dementia?

  • It will determine the “course of treatment” and the expectations of staging and rate of decline.
  • It will help with determining the best ways to handle challenging “behaviors” and organize staffing patterns.
  • It will help in understanding what behaviors are to be expected in the future.
  • It will tell you how to best interact and communicate with the person affected.

DementiaTypes_graphTo find out more about related dementia click the links below

Alzheimer’s Disease

Vascular dementia

Dementia with Lewy bodies

Fronto-temporal dementia

Parkinsons disease