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Dementia


Dementia: Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment and behaviour. Most types of dementia are nonreversible (degenerative). Nonreversible means the changes in the brain that are causing the dementia cannot be stopped or turned back. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.

Lewy body disease is a leading cause of dementia in elderly adults. People with this condition have abnormal protein structures in certain areas of the brain. Dementia also can be due to many small strokes. This is called vascular dementia.

Dementia usually occurs in older age. It is rare in people under age 60. The risk for dementia increases as a person gets older. Dementia symptoms include difficulty with many areas of mental function, including language, memory and perception.

Why it is important to get a dementia diagnosis? If you're worried about your memory, it's well worth talking to your doctor. They may be able to reassure you that you don't have dementia but, if you do, an early diagnosis can help you get the right treatment and support. Finding out sooner rather than later can also give friends and family valuable time to adjust and can help them to prepare for the future.
 
http://www.dementiauk.org/  
Dementia UK  provide Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who give practical and emotional support to families affected by dementia.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies
    


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