Ailments & Conditions

A Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms that severely affects cognitive function, such as social abilities, thinking patterns, or memories. It is not a single disease. Instead, several conditions may lead to dementia. To be diagnosed with dementia, at least two of the following functions must be affected: behavior, judgment, language, thinking, and memory. Signs and symptoms would range from mild to severe, which may lead to different injuries or illnesses and even changes in personality. While different types of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. Some of them can be progressive, meaning they become worse over time. [1]