Dementia is general term used to describe a wide range of symptoms such as changes in memory, thinking, problem solving skills, communication, and perception, enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia also impacts relationships, emotions, and behaviors. In other words, dementia affects so much more than just memory.
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain. The most common cause or type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Other types of dementia include Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, and several others.
Although age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, younger people can develop dementia as well.