What is dementia?

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of syndromes that affect how well our brains work. Read more below.

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of syndromes that affect how well our brains work.

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimers Disease.

Other forms of dementia include Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia.

Although Dementia is mostly seen in older people, it is not a normal part of aging.

The symptoms of dementia can vary from person to person but most commonly include changes in behaviour & personality, memory loss, impaired reasoning and reduced language skills.

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Dementia is a progressive condition meaning the brain is impaired more and more over time. How quickly the dementia progresses is different for each person and can depend on the type of Dementia.

While dementia is a very serious condition, it is possible to live a happy and fulfilling life with dementia.

We can help.

Contact Alzheimers Otago for support or information or visit Alzheimers New Zealand website for more detailed information about Dementia.

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