Jul 26

An individual living with dementia will experience a decline in two or more of the following capacities:

memory generating speech or understanding spoken or written language capacity to plan, make sound judgments and carry out complex tasks processing and interpreting visual information

These impairments will persist over time and be severe enough to interfere with day-to-day life. They may also manifest themselves through disorientation, confusion or forgetfulness, or in particular forms of behaviour (such as walking about, repeated talk or actions).

Some of this behaviour can be very challenging to deal with. Full article…

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Jul 01

In a study issued on Tuesday, European researchers estimate about 35 million people have dementia worldwide. They said that figure is likely to double every 20 years, to nearly 66 million in 2030 and 115 million in 2050.

In the report scientists called the spread of dementia an epidemic that is increasing its pace with the graying of the population around the world. As people live longer, particularly in developed countries, they become more susceptible to developing dementia.

After age 65, the chances of developing Alzheimers disease, the most common form of dementia, doubles every five years. At age 85, people have about a 50 percent chance of developing Alzheimers.

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Oct 16

Alzheimer’s disease is not the only type of dementia. Two particular forms are dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson’s disease dementia. In both forms, the diagnosis is of vital importance because the treatment for these dementias differs from that for Alzheimer’s dementia, as Brit Mollenhauer and co-authors explain in the dementia theme issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2010; 107[39]: 684-91).

In more than 75% of patients, the memory impairments are due to Alzheimer’s disease. In Lewy body dementia, which is accompanied by cognitive and/or further psychiatric symptoms, and in Parkinson’s disease dementia, these develop only after the motor symptoms of the disorder have fully developed.

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