Dementia is not contagious. While you are more likely to develop the disorder if you have family members who have it, being around someone with dementia does not put you at risk for contracting the condition. However, there are certain illnesses, such as HIV and syphilis, which are contagious and can cause dementia. Talk to your doctor about other possible risk factors for dementia.
- Q What increases my risk for dementia?
- Q What causes dementia?
- Q Can medications cause mental decline or dementia?
- Q What dementia results from a prion infection?
- Q Do seniors who need hospitalization have an increased risk of dementia?
- Q Could a high-sugar diet raise my risk for dementia?