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Facts about Dementia

 

 About dementia…

1. Dementia is a brain disorder which robs the patient of his ability to perform basic daily activities and tasks.

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2. The most common form of dementia disease is Alzheimer’s Disease.

3. Most dementia patients will need long term care at some point in their lives.

4. Women have a higher probability of developing Alzheimer’s than men.  This may be because women tend to live longer than men.

5.  People will less education seem to develop Alzheimer’s more often than people with higher educations.  This may have something to do with the mental exercising of the brain. However, it is no guarantee people with high educations do not die from forms of dementia disease.

6.  The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not known, but experts believe it is the result of the increased loss of brain nerve cells.

7.    65-69-year-olds- 2% will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

75-79-year-olds-5%

85-89-year olds-20%

90 years old and older- 30% will have Alzheimer’s

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8.  People with dementia have difficulties making simple decisions like what to wear.  They may put on a sweater on a hot sweltering  day or go out with several extra purses.

9. Dementia suffers may not only forget where they put items like their glasses, but they may place items in inappropriate places.  For example, they may put the box of cereal in the refrigerator and the milk in the cabinet.

10. Personality changes such as sudden angry outbursts, or a person who used to be friendly and is now somewhat hostile, are not uncommon with dementia.

11. Loss of interests in work and hobbies that used to give them pleasure and a sense of well being and accomplishment will be another sign of dementia.

12.  Dementia patients may often get lost in their own neighborhoods and familiar surroundings.  They may not remember exactly where they  are even if they are on their own street.

13.  Many people with dementia will not be able to maintain their bank accounts or work with numbers.  This is one of the first mind functions to disappear.

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