Dementia is defined as a group of symptoms that are the result of another disease like Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. Dementia occurs when someone experiences memory loss, deficits in decision making, planning and the ability to orient themselves. There are different stages of dementia and several types.
According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, over an estimated 46 million people are living with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most prevalent among the types of diseases that result in having dementia as a symptom. Nearly 66 percent of people living with Alzheimer’s have dementia and 20 percent of people who have dementia as a result of vascular dementia. In addition to chronic diseases causing dementia, some medications used for mental health disorders have been found to cause dementia as a side effect.
If you were concerned about yourself or a loved one, learning more about dementia can help you find treatment.