“Can I remember exactly when I ‘lost’ my husband? Was it the moment when I had to start tying his shoelaces for him? Or when we stopped being able to laugh with each other? Looking back, that turning point is impossible to pinpoint. But then, that’s the nature of dementia.” – Judy Parfitt, English Actress
Like most illnesses that severely affect cognitive functioning, dementia is a tragic, gut-wrenching condition. In this article, we’re going to discuss what dementia is (and is not), some warning signs of the condition, and methods of treatment.
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What is dementia?
Per the Alzheimer’s Organization, dementia is “a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.” Loss of memory and Alzheimer’s – the most common form of dementia – are two examples. Dementia is, generally, a gradual decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.
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Dementia itself is not a specific disease. Rather, the term applies to a breadth of symptoms which may indicate the presence of a severe cognitive disorder. Due to the complex nature of the disorder, Dementia can only be diagnosed by a licensed medical doctor (usually a neurologist).
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