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Dementia is Marked b Memory Disorders, Character Changes, and Impaired Reasoning

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Dementia is a continual or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or damage marked by memory disorders, character changes, and impaired reasoning. Dementia is not its own specific disease; it is a term in general that is used to describe various symptoms. There are two more common forms of dementia in the elderly which are vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “An analysis of the most recent census estimates that 4.7 million people aged 65 years or older in the US were living with Alzheimer's disease in 2010”. (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/142214.php) Although dementia is a disease usually among the elderly, it may occur at any age. All forms of dementia are caused by death of brain cells.…show more content…
They will also find it hard to understand others, and will slowly lose their words or repeat themselves. They may also lose mobility, gain eating and weight loss disorders, and gain problems with continence, the ability to control bladder or bowel movements. These actions from the patient may cause problems when trying to be administered medications. Being that the patients may gain eating disorders or lack eating of can certainly change how the prescribed medications affect their bodies. Those close to the affected individual should continue treating the person as normal as possible to a certain extent. When speaking to a dementia patient they should speak normal even if they are not aware that the person fully understands. This method is used to protect their self-esteem. If the disease affects the people close to the patient in a negative way there are options such as nursing homes, hospices, hospitals etc. The life expectancy of a person with dementia is unpredictable, and the disease can progress for up to around 10 years. (http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID=101)
Although dementia its self is a life shortening disease, effects of the illness such as pneumonia, seizures or heart attacks are usually the cause of death. The person’s ability to deal with physical problems becomes impaired due to growth of the illness. The deaths are usually caused by factors completely unlinked to
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