What are the characteristics?
Some characteristics of this illness are extreme irritability, personality changes, restlessness, constant confusion, lack of restraint, and wandering or getting lost.
People with dimentia are often confused
What are the causes?
The main cause of this disorder is damage to brain cells. Brain cells are damaged by head trauma, possible causes of head trauma are car crashes and football collisions. But also some types of dementia come heredity such as Alzheimer's.
Football players are at an increaced rist because they take many hard blows to the head
Who does it affect?
Dementia can be caused by many types of head trauma, so people who take many hard collisions to the head are at a higher risk than people who don't. Also if there is a history of dementia in your family then it could be caused by genetics, so if your family has a history of dementia you are at an elevated risk to have it.
1 in 3 elderly people die with Alzheimer's
What are some statistics?
In 2015 the risk of getting dementia was 1 in 812,500 but the projected risk of dementia in 2020 will be 1 in a million
A little more than 10 million people are living in america with alzheimer's
62% of dementia diagnoses are alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia, is the 6th leading cause of death in the USA
1 in 3 seniors dies with a form of dementia
Dementia is a disease of the brain
How can it be prevented?
A few ways to help prevent dementia is to try to keep you head protected if there is a possibility of head trauma, and also do drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. And also keep your blood pressure from being high all the time
Always try to protect your head in any contact sport
What are the symptoms/warning signs?
Some signs that someone might be suffering of dementia are memory loss, hard time concentrating, sudden change in behavior, reclusiveness, hard time completing daily tasks.
People with Dementia can experience sudden mood swings
How can it be treated?
There are treatments for dementia but their effectiveness depends on how bad the dementia has become.Dementia can not be cured tho, the treatments such as therapy and cognitive enhancement pills can only cause the progression of this illness to slow.
Reading can slow the progress of dementia because it stimulates the brain
What does it do to the body?
Dementia is a disease of the brain and what it does the the brain is change its chemistry, and it also causes it to deteriorate while producing harmful proteins that block neurotic signals to the rest of the body.
Dementia slowly deteriorates the brains ability to function
How can I help someone with dementia?
If you wanted to help someone that has this illness, it would be best to remain positive, try not to put them in awkward positions where because of their lessened computing power, wouldn't know what to do. Also try to keep them on a daily routine or schedule so that doing daily tasks are easier to complete. Also try to keep them mentally sharp and read books because this could slow the progress of the dementia, but also try to prepare them for what is going to happen in the future (death).
If someone you know has a form of dementia be there for them and help them through it