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How common is dementia?

How common is dementia?

Common: Dementia is fairly common and the biggest risk factor is age. More than 1 out of 100 people aged 65 or less have dementia. Roughly 5 out of 100 of those aged 70, 10 of 100 aged 75, 25 of 100 aged 80 and roughly 45-50 out of 100 of those 85 years old and older have dementia. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more


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How common is dementia at age 20? Can easily forgetting recent events, like putting something away, be a symptom? No history, dad has memory issues.

How common is dementia at age 20? Can easily forgetting recent events, like putting something away, be a symptom? No history, dad has memory issues.

Rare: You are probably alert for sx because of your dad--many other more likely explanations for your forgetfulness--when you hear hoof beats on the bridge don't think first of unicorns! ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of dementia?

Memory is first: By definition, if you have dementia you have a problem with memory. Other symptoms include problems with language, trouble using objects like tools, trouble evaluating and processing information, trouble knowing that you have deficits. Other types of symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, aggression, disinhibition, irritability and mood lability. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of dementia at 22?

What are the most common causes of dementia at 22?

Wow: It is so uncommon I guess I would say dementia from alcohol and drug abuse, vascular origin and maybe post traumatic would be most common in that age group. You can go way out and say perhaps some severe metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism might be a cause... But all these are really really uncommon. ...Read more

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Is dementia more common because people are living longer?

Is dementia more common because people are living longer?

Yes: The biggest risk factor for alzheimers is age and alzheimers disease causes about 70% of the cases of dementia. ...Read more

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Why is dementia so much more common than it used to be? I need some answers.

Why is dementia so much more common than it used to be? I need some answers.

It is unclear: Whether dementia itself is becoming more common or we are just being better able to identify it symptoms. It is clear that it is more common as we age, and the population over age 85 has the highest percentage rate of dementia. Since this population is growing in size, it is likely that more cases of dementia will be identified. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is dementia and some common symptoms that indicate people have it?

Could you explain what is dementia and some common symptoms that indicate people have it?

Cognitive decline: Losses in mental functioning beyond normal aging - often short term memory may come first but other abilities may also be affected - planning, judgement, personality, temper, etc. There are several types with different profiles and they can progress fast, slowly or not at all. Alzheimer's, vascular(stroke), trauma, hiv/aids, lewey body are some very distinct types you might have heard of. Be well. ...Read more

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What are some common causes of dementia in the elderly?

Alzheimers: 70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease. But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too. ...Read more

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What are the most common treatments for pick's dementia?

Behavioral mgt: Picks disease is a form of frontotemporal dementia that presents usually in the 40s or 50s. It often has many behavioral problems like disinhibition and hypersexuality, amongst other behavioral problems. Medication for these symptoms is the usual treatment. There is no cure for this dementia. There are no drugs presently approved for this type of dementia. ...Read more

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My father has dementia and he gets angry easily when i ask him to do something. Is this a common symptom?

Yes. Seek support!: It sounds like a very common situation when dealing with dementia. Find support and advice - it is out there. Also, remember that he's hurting too. When things get too bad, many family members feel they need to find a home for the elder. It's not easy no matter what, so get support. Till then, back down from requests and try again later if necessary. Or find alternatives to words. Safety 1st! ...Read more