What is Dementia Mate Wareware

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease – which around two-thirds of people with dementia have.

The symptoms each person experiences depend on the parts of the brain that are affected. However, the most common dementia symptoms include changes in memory, thinking, behaviour, personality, and emotions. These changes affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks, interfering with their everyday lives.

Dementia is progressive, which means that for most people the changes gradually spread through the brain and lead to the symptoms getting worse. Dementia is different for everyone – what people experience, and how quickly they are affected is unique to them. What they can do, remember and understand may change from day to day.

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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 Front Temporal 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.

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 Alzheimers New Zealand website for more detailed information about Dementia.

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