What is Dementia?

Dementia is a general term used to describe problems with memory, thinking, planning, and other brain activities. There are many different types of dementia and some are very rare. Some are associated with diseases such as Parkinson's. More common types of dementia are:

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) – The most common type of dementia. People gradually lose their more recent memories first. Over time AD progresses so people have difficulty with day-to-day activities.

Vascular Dementia – People have small strokes that are often only noticeable in that they are forgetful. They may not have a facial droop or loss of arm or leg movement.

Lewy Body Dementia – A type of progressive dementia that leads to a decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function.

If you have specific questions, talk to your doctor.

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