Dementia is NOT a diagnosis, it is a condition that covers many different types, forms, and causes of brain changes.
Four Truths of Dementia:
- At least 2 parts of the brain are actively dying.
- It is progressive (always changing – chemistry then structure changes).
- It is a chronic condition (there is no cure or treatment that will stop, turn around, or fix it).
- It is terminal (but so is life!).
Normal VS Not Normal Aging
Often people wonder is this normal or not normal?
- Slower to think
- Slower to do
- Hesitates more
- More likely to ‘look before you leap’
- Know the person but not the name
- Pause to find words
- Reminded of the past
Not Normal Aging…
- Can’t think the Same
- Can’t do like before
- Can’t get started
- Can’t seem to move on
- Doesn’t think it out at all
- Can’t place the person
- words won’t come- even later
- Confused about past/present
*Ensure to make an appointment to discuss concerns with your doctor as soon as possible. Some treatable conditions can produce similar symptoms to dementia.