Maintain independent living
Everyone forgets things at times. How often have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten the name of a person you just met?
Normal age-related memory loss are generally manageable and don't disrupt your ability to work, live independently or maintain a social life.
But, dementia usually begins gradually, worsens over time and impairs a person's abilities in work, social interactions and relationships. The word "dementia" is an umbrella term used to describe a set of symptoms, including impairment in memory, reasoning, judgment, language and other thinking skills.
Diseases that cause progressive damage to the brain — and consequently result in dementia — include:
• Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia
• Vascular dementia
• Frontotemporal dementia
• Lewy body dementia