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Facts About Dementia: Overview

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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, or decision making. Half of individuals with MCI will go on to get 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. (Gauthier et al, 2006) You can learn more about MCI here.

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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, or decision making. Half of individuals with MCI will go on to get 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. (Gauthier et al, 2006) You can learn more about MCI here.

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About Dementia

Source: Alzheimer's Society (United Kingdom)
Description: This website, developed in Great Britain, includes links to a variety of online resources about dementia, including fact sheets and "A-Z" of dementia. There are also links to resources for those living with dementia, their caregivers, and health professionals.

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What is Dementia?

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes
Description: This webpage includes a paragraph that explains that dementia is not a specific disease, and that many disorders are associated with dementia, as well as links to a number of webpages that answer many other specific questions about dementia.

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African Americans and Alzheimer's Disease

Source: Alzheimer's Association
Description: This article discusses the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, and the increased risk among African Americans for Alzheimer's disease and Vascular dementia due to a higher presence of certain risk factors. An introduction section is provided describing the risk of Alzheimer's disease among African Americans, as well as a section on warning signs, brain health, and the Alzheimer's Association Alzheimer's Early Detection Alliance.

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Latino Resources

Source: Alzheimer's Association
Description: This resources page, also available in Spanish, offers information about Latinos and Alzheimer's, including links to articles on why Latinos are at risk for Alzheimer's disease, diagnosis, treatments, and other resources.

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More than 3 Million People Have Dementia in the U.S.

Source: CBS News
Description: This article discusses the estimated prevalence of dementia in the U.S., from the results of a recent study. The article notes that 14% of a nationally representative sample of people over age 71 had dementia, and 10% had Alzheimer's disease.

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