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What is dementia?

Dementia is the name given to a number of conditions that affect how the brain works. Dementia mainly causes problems with memory, thinking, day-to-day function and behavior. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Nicholas D Suite
Neurologist

Dementia is a decline in memory function. There are different types. The one which is most discussed in the popular media is Alzheimer dementia. This may have a genetic basis in some individuals. In others, the dementia may arise spontaneously. Studies also raise the possibility that certain environmental toxins may play a role, while others may actually be protective. Prevention is the goal with any disease process, and many neuroscientists feel that genetic studies will eventually reveal a ‘switch’ for dementia that will ultimately be able to be turned off, thereby preventing it. At the moment however, we are focused on recommending healthy diets and lifestyles, treatment with medication, and maintaining brain activity as a means to manage dementia.

Dementia is a collection of symptoms that includes the loss of memory and other cognitive skills, including reasoning, speech and control of motor function. It is not a normal part of the aging process, but as we grow older our chances of developing some form of dementia increase.

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