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Dementia

Overview

What is dementia? Learn more about dementia causes and symptoms here and discover how this condition progresses.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a lasting impairment of all mental functions, which can include learning, memory, orientation, language, behaviour and problem solving.

Symptoms of dementia

Dementia is a term that describes a variety of symptoms linked to a decline in memory or other thinking skills. In severe cases it can reduce people's ability to perform everyday tasks and activities.

Managing dementia

No treatment is currently available that can stop or cure Alzheimer's disease. However, new medications are available that can improve memory and delay the progression

Causes of dementia

Damage to brain cells is the leading cause of dementia. This damage impairs communication between brain cells and may affect communication, thinking and behaviour.

Treating dementia

The treatment of dementia largely depends on the cause. In the case of progressive dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease there is no cure and no treatment that stops or slows its progression.

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