Must be significantly impaired
to be considered dementia
The definition of dementia is fairly simple.
Dementia is a group of diseases that cause a permanent decline of a person's ability to think, reason and manage his or her own life.
Dementia is caused by the biological processes within the brain that damages the brain cells. Diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Lewy Body just to name a few all have dementia. There are over 100 different types of dementia.
These diseases causes a person to have impaired memory, forgetfulness, and the inability to retain new information. To lose the ability to speak and be understood by others and the ability to understand written and the spoken language. To lose the ability to process and understand visual information. Theses losses mean that a person with dementia cannot manage his or her own day and personal care.
Dementia is an umbrella term like cancer. We know when we hear that someone has cancer that there is more to the story. "What kind of cancer?" The same is true with dementia, "What kind of dementia" As a family member try to zero in on what type of dementia they have,so you have a clear understanding of the symptoms, the care that is needed and plans for future.