Dementia.docx - Dementia Dementia is a decline in mental function which interferes with daily activities It is not a disease but a term used to describe

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Dementia Dementia is a decline in mental function which interferes with daily activities. It is not a disease, but a term used to describe the symptoms. Impairment of memory, difficulty communicating and focusing and altered judgement or visual perceptions are signs of dementia (Alzheimer’s Association, 2019). Treatment of dementia is one of the world’s leading health priorities. Alzheimer’s and dementia affect 6 million people in the United states alone. It is one of the leading healthcare costs today (Marcum, Hohl, Gray, Barthold, Crane & Larson, 2019). Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. These causes of damage can vary. Stroke and Alzheimer’s are the two most common causes of dementia (Habtemariam, 2018). The disease is usually progressive. There is no treatment, but medications can be used to help decrease some of the symptoms. Drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s are effective when treating other causes of dementia (Alzheimer’s Association, 2019).
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