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What is dementia?

Dementia is often one of the most misunderstood conditions in medicine today. Some people believe that senility or senile dementia is an inevitable result of aging, and never seek evaluation for family members who show signs of memory loss. Others believe that any evidence of forgetfulness is evidence of dementia. Neither of these conclusions is accurate.

Additionally, many questions have been raised about dementia. Does dementia differ from Alzheimer's disease or are all forms of dementia Alzheimer's disease? If someone has memory loss associated with another condition, does that turn into Alzheimer's disease? What can be expected if someone has been diagnosed with dementia?

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Comment from: Daughter, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: March 06

My father began showing symptoms of dementia 11 months ago. There was a big change in his personality. He always tended to be a very outgoing fun loving guy. He became very mean, looking for arguments, etc. Shortly after we noticed the big change in personality, he suffered a major stroke. Physically he recovered well however mentally we were concerned. He became very paranoid, suffered from hallucinations and stopped sleeping, resulting in a 6 week hospital stay. Dad was prescribed anti-depressants along with psychotic medications. He was diagnosed with vascular dementia. He is home now and things are going well, he just needs prompting to shower, personal hygiene, etc. I have noticed that all of a sudden dad seems to be sleeping a lot.

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Comment from: Kelleyoco, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

My mom lives with me and has had dementia for about 8 years now. Her body is healthy but she has almost no speech, is pretty much always confused, sleeps most of the day away, is incontinent and requires constant care. The saving grace in all this is that her personality has not changed. She does get frustrated but mostly she has stayed her own sweet self. It is exhausting caring for her and working, and expensive but necessary to have help. I'm trying to keep her at home but I don't know how long this will go on and her needs are increasing almost daily. She will be 90 in a few weeks.

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