What is Dementia?
Dementia is a broad term that describes a loss of thinking ability, memory, attention, logical reasoning, and other mental abilities. These changes are severe enough to interfere with social or occupational functioning.
Many things can cause dementia. It happens when the parts of your brain used for learning, memory, decision making, and language are damaged or diseased.
These forms of dementia are partially manageable, but they aren't reversible:
- Alzheimer's disease
- Vascular dementia
- Dementia from Parkinson's disease and similar disorders
- Dementia with Lewy bodies
- Frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease)