If a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, or if you suspect he or she may have dementia, it can be overwhelming. To assist you in your search for information, links to common types of dementia, general facts about dementia, diagnosis and treatment of dementia, and caregiving tips are included on this page.
Some loss of mental ability is normal with age. However, a decline in thinking ability that cannot be explained by aging alone may be due to a syndrome called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). MCI can affect one or more areas of thinking (cognition), such as memory, speech, and decision-making. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an approximate 15-20% of seniors aged 65 years and older have MCI. Half of those individuals with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
Symptoms of MCI are often subtle and can be mistaken for normal age-related decline. Individuals with MCI often have balance and coordination problems that are not part of normal aging. To learn more about MCI, click here.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most well known type of dementia, but there are many other forms of dementia. Follow the links below to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other common dementias.
Vascular (Multi-Infarct) Dementia
Lewy Body Dementia
Other Types of Dementia
When a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, there are often many questions. As one can see from above, there are many types of dementia, but what are the causes of dementia, how is it prevented, and how does the disease progress? Click on the links below to find the answers to these questions.
Stages of Dementia
So, you suspect your loved one has dementia. Follow the links below to learn how Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are diagnosed and how they are treated.
Diagnoses of Dementia
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, know that you are not alone. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 16.1 million Americans who are unpaid caregivers of people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Caregiver Tips