About Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s.

 

Although treatment can help manage symptoms in some people, currently there is no cure for this devastating disease.

Alzheimer’s is currently ranked as the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States and 2nd in Australia, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people.

 

Dementia is the term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses which cause a progressive decline in a person’s functioning.

It is a broad term used to describe a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning.

 

There are many types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Lewy Body disease.

Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65.