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Dementia is not a disease. It is only a term that covers a range of symptoms. These symptoms are those of which that are associated with memory loss.  It’s only considered dementia once the symptoms have reached a point where they are having an impact on your everyday activities.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are not the same. 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases are actually Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer's is a type of Dementia.

A mental decline is not normal. Many think that is normal for people to lose their memory or mental capacity as they get older. This is a myth. If you notice these symptoms in a loved one, take them to see a doctor.

There are 10 different kinds of Dementia. Alzheimer’s is just one type of Dementia. The other types are: Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DBL), Mixed Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Huntington’s disease and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.

Some Symptoms of Dementia may include: Memory loss, communication or speech difficulties, a decline in the ability to focus and pay attention, loss of logical reasoning or judgment capabilities, and a decline in visual perception. 

Many forms of dementia are progressive. The symptoms start out small and gradually become worse over time. The Progression of some symptoms may sometimes be slowed with treatment if detected early enough.

Dementia is caused by damaged brain cells. In basic terms, dementia occurs because brain cells have been damaged and cannot communicate with each other. Each part of the brain has its own particular function and when they do not communicate with each other symptoms of dementia may become present.

Dementia cannot be diagnosed with a single test. When doctors diagnose a person with a type of dementia they go through a series of tests to rule out anything else that it may be. With a process of elimination they can come to a conclusion that Dementia is the cause of the symptoms the patient is experiencing.  Doctors take their time to analyze medical history, a physical examination, lab tests, and changes in thinking and behavior to come to a conclusion that dementia is to blame. It can be difficult for doctors to pin point a certain type of dementia sometimes because they brain changes and symptoms of the different types can overlap.

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