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What is dementia

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A basic fact sheet offering information about dementia.

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What is dementia

  1. 1. According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, 25 million people in the UK have a family member with dementia. When a loved-one is diagnosed with dementia, one of the first steps in coping is to get informed about the illness, its symptoms and its known causes. Known Causes: Dementia refers to a set of symptoms, which Dementia Symptoms: can occur for a number of reasons. The Mayo Clinic lists the According to the Alzheimers Society, there are following as symptoms of several different types of dementia, including dementia: vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Fronto-temporal dementia. Alzheimer’s • Memory loss Disease is the most common cause of dementia. • Trouble communicating Vascular dementia is the result of a lack in the • Trouble planning/organising brain’s blood supply. Risk factors include • Trouble with coordination, diabetes and obesity. motor functions • Inability to reason Dementia with Lewy bodies refers to dementia • Changes in personality caused by circular lumps of protein – known as • Paranoia Lewy bodies - forming on the inside of the brain. • Increased agitation • Hallucinations Fronto-temporal dementia occurs when the • Inappropriate behaviour temporal lobe and the frontal lobe incur damage and shrinking. Around half of Fronto-temporal dementia cases are the result of an inherited genetic mutation.Information/Support:• More information on dementia care• The Alzheimer’s Society National Helpline• Information on Carers Trust local support groups for carers in the UKImage via Judeah Zalcofski via Pinterest

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