Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting memory, social abilities, memory and daily functioning. Dementia mainly involves memory loss. Dementia increases with age. It is a progressive condition. Dementia is often confused with just memory loss. There are various other myths related to dementia which makes it difficult to understand the disease better at an early stage. People often confuse the symptoms of dementia with other mental disorders. Here are some myths about dementia which you must know.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren't the same. Alzheimer's is a common type of dementia but there are other types as well. Dementia is a syndrome whereas Alzheimer's is a progressive disease.
Most people think that only elderly people can get the illness but it is not true. Age is the biggest risk factor of dementia but people under 65 can also develop the disease. The early age dementia is called early-onset dementia. But the cases of early-onset dementia are very rare.
Most people consider that memory loss is a normal sign of aging. But some decline in the speed and memory is normal whereas major memory loss is not considered normal. After the age of 60, a person should be very careful about the signs and symptoms. Some simple warning signs should be discussed to your doctor.
It is a half-truth about dementia that it cannot be treated. The progress of the condition can be stopped. Dementia can be treated up to a certain level, the complete treatment is not possible. Certain medications and therapies can help the patient to recover fast.
Most dementia does not pass to the children from the parents. More than 99 percent of the cases are non-hereditary. But if someone in your close relation is suffering from dementia then you should be well aware of the possible symptoms.
What are the symptoms of dementia?
In many cases, the symptoms may be subtle and go unrecognised for some time, whereas other cases may have very obvious symptoms. Memory loss is usually the first sign of dementia. A person with dementia may show the following symptoms.
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