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 Do seniors who need hospitalization have an increased risk of dementia?
- Q Can medications cause mental decline or dementia?
- Q Does aging cause degenerative dementia?
- Q Can smoking cause vascular dementia?
- Q What degenerative diseases can cause dementia?
- Q What causes dementia?