Dementia: A Progressive Impairment of Memory, Thinking or Other Brain Functions.


Dementia is a persistent or progressive impairment of memory, thinking or other brain functions. The cause for this can be different. There are different forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. Read more about the topic here: What is dementia (definition)? What forms are there? How do you recognize dementia? How is it diagnosed and treated?

Dementia: Brief Overview

  • Important forms of dementia: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia
  • Symptoms: With all forms of dementia, mental performance is lost in the long term. Further symptoms and the exact course vary depending on the type of dementia.
  • Affected: Mainly people over 65 years of age. Most dementia patients are women because, on average, they get older than men.
  • Causes: Primary dementias (such as Alzheimer’s) are independent diseases in which nerve cells in the brain gradually die – the exact reason for this is unknown. Secondary dementias are, for example, the result of other diseases (such as alcohol addiction, metabolic disorders, inflammation) or medication.
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