Dementia is not a disease in itself, but a collection of symptoms associated with memory loss, disorientation, and problems with thinking and behaviour. When these symptoms become severe enough to affect the ability to perform everyday tasks, they are referred to under the umbrella term of 'dementia'.
What causes dementia?
When it comes to talking about dementia, one size definitely does NOT fit all. The exact symptoms a person experiences will vary according to the underlying cause of the brain disease affecting them....and they can vary significantly from one disease to another.
Alzheimer's Disease is the most common, and therefore the best known cause of dementia, but there are many other forms of brain disease that result in dementia symptoms - each one having its own individual characteristics.
Rarer forms of dementia
The rarer forms of dementia include:
Dementia with Lewy Bodies
Never heard of them?
Find out more in the graphic below .....
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