Dementia is one of the most common health conditions among adults over the age of 65. The impact of this condition goes beyond the patients who are diagnosed—it affects their families, the healthcare industry, and our society as a whole.
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia typically occurs in older adults and is caused by damaged brain cells that cannot effectively communicate with each other. There are many different diseases and types of memory loss that fall under the umbrella of dementia, with Alzheimer's being the most common form. A doctor can help diagnose dementia or another memory loss condition through physical examination, tests, behavior studies and medical history.
Learn about the different types of dementia.
Symptoms of dementia can vary from person to person depending on which area of their brain is affected and which stage of dementia they are in. There are several detection signs to help determine whether your loved one might be experiencing dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association has created a checklist to help distinguish between when a loved one is exhibiting typical forgetful behavior and when it may be necessary to seek additional help, including:
View more detailed information on the different stages of dementia.
At Sunrise, our approach is simple: to provide residents with custom-tailored care that promotes and preserves their happiness, their health, and their dignity. Our senior living counselors are available to answer your questions to determine the best dementia care options for your loved ones.
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