There are many types of dementia. When a people develop dementia it means that their body has changed and their brain no longer functions at an optimum level. Many conditions can mimic dementia, so it's crucial to have a specialist make the determination. Medication side effects, infections such as urinary tract infections, and other illnesses that need treating can throw off a diagnosis and make a person act as through dementia is the problem. If the diagnosis is dementia, it's important to find out the type because treatments may vary. Alzheimer's is likely the most common type, but vascular and frontotemporal dementia as two that follow closely. Dementia with Parkinson's disease is another one. If you or a loved one is suffering from memory problems or altered judgment, please get a good checkup . Early diagnosis is important.
Medically dementia is a serious disease - it is a brain disease. Often people mention dementia casually to indicate the forgetfulness in general. Dementia if diagnosed is a brain disease that is not curable and the person with dementia needs long-term care.
There are many types of dementia. The patient needs to be diagnosed with a specific type of dementia in order to be treated properly.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine's PubMed Health describes dementia as "a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior." Their website provides a good overview that may be helpful to you.
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