What is Dementia

Dementia is a group of conditions characterized by impairment of at least 2 brain functions, such as memory loss and judgement.  Dementia is a symptom of underlying diseases and brain disorders.  Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.  The Alzheimer's Association lists 10 signs and symptoms to be aware of.  To read the signs and symptoms click here.  Click here for support group information.  Other forms of dementia are Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia and Mixed Dementia.

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According to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the prevelance of dementia among those 65+ has fallen by 24%: from 11.6% in 2000 to 8.8% in 2012.  This is partly attributed to improved heart health and education levels. The overall number of dementia cases is still expected to rise as millions of Boomers age.

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