Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a broad term used
to describe a long-term, often slow decline in mental ability, severe enough
that it affects daily life.
Common symptoms of dementia include memory loss, impaired
judgment, inability to focus and a breakdown in the ability to communicate and
use language. Although dementia
occurs mainly in older adults, this type of serious mental decline is not a
normal part of the aging process. Alzheimer’s
disease is a type of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of dementia
Memory loss can be caused by a number of other conditions,
some of which can be reversed. If you or a loved one are experiencing memory
loss or a decline in thinking skills, it’s important to seek medical attention.
The health care experts at Allina Health can help determine the cause and offer
treatment and care options.
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Care for aging parents: What is normal memory loss and when
should we be concerned?