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What is Dementia?

Dementia describes a collection of symptoms that are
caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is not one
specific disease.
Dementia affects thinking, behaviour and the ability
to perform everyday tasks. Brain function is affected
enough to interfere with the person’s normal social
or working life. There is no cure and it is a progressive
disease. Dementia is likely to limit life expectancy but
is not a normal part of ageing.

             What causes Dementia?

There are many different forms of dementia, each
with its own cause. The most common type of
dementia is Alzheimer’s disease; but there is also
vascular dementia, fronto-temporal dementia,
dementia with Lewy bodies, Huntington’s disease,
alcohol-related dementia and Creutzfeldt-Jacob
disease [1]. Knowing the cause of dementia may help
in predicting the progression [2].

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