Dementia Resource Center

 

Dementia is a general term that refers to chronic, usually progressive impairment of intellectual functioning that is sufficient to interfere with a person’s normal daily activities and relationships.  It may be caused by various diseases and conditions that cause damage to brain cells or their connections.  Memory loss is a common symptom, yet on its own does not mean that someone has dementia.  In most cases, dementia affects cognition and memory, reasoning and judgment, behavior, and functional activities.

There are many different types of dementia, with the most common including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia (usually caused by stroke or a series of small strokes, called “TIAs”), mixed dementia (most commonly characterized by features of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia), Lewy body disease, and frontotemporal dementia.

The greatest risk factor for dementia is advancing age, but it is crucial to note that dementia is not a “normal” part of aging. As our population ages, the number of Americans with dementia will continue to grow, particularly as the Baby Boom generation reaches age 65 years and above, making dementia an important public health problem.

If you or a loved one is concerned about memory loss or other symptoms that may be associated with dementia, it is crucial to receive evaluation by a physician for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.  In addition, there are many organizations dedicated to providing educational information, supportive services, and additional resources to help enhance care and support for all patients, family members, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

We encourage you to visit this Dementia Resource Center on our website often for easy access to such information and resources, including the following.  (We’ve also included these links above for your convenience.)