7 February 2007
Dementia is a decline of reasoning, memory, and other mental abilities (the cognitive
functions). This decline eventually impairs the ability to carry out everyday
activities such as driving, household chores, and even personal care such as bathing,
dressing, and feeding.
Dementia has several common signs which in themselves could be just natural ailments
but together may be a certain level of dementia.
These signs are:
recent memory loss,
difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, time and place
disorientation, poor judgment, problems with abstract thinking, misplacing things,
changes in mood, personality changes, and loss of initiative.
Irreversible Causes include Alzheimer disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson disease,
Lewy body dementia, Huntington disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and Pick disease.
Treatable conditions include head injury, infections(meningitis, encephalitis, HIV/AIDS,
and syphilis), normal pressure hydrocephalus, simple hydrocephalus, brain tumors, toxic