What is Dementia
Dementia is a term which describes a number of conditions that cause damage to brain cells. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. There are nearly 7.7 Million new cases of dementia in the world each year.
Signs and Symptoms of Dementia
Dementia affects each person in a different way, depending upon the impact of the disease and the person’s personality before becoming ill. The signs and symptoms linked to dementia could be understood in three stages.
The early stage of dementia is often overlooked, because the onset is gradual. Symptoms include: forgetfulness, losing track of the time and lost in familiar places.
As dementia progress to the middle stage, the signs and symptoms become clearer and more restricting. Symptoms include: forgetful of recent events, forgetful of peoples’ names, becoming lost at home, difficulty communicating and behaviour changes.
The late stage of dementia is one of near total dependence and inactivity. Memory disturbances are serious and the physical signs and symptoms become more obvious. Symptoms include: unaware of the time/ place, difficulty recognizing relatives and friends, need for assisted self-care and difficulty walking.