Definition of Dementia: A broad category of brain diseases that cause a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person's daily functioning.
Comparison of a normal aged brain (left) and the brain of a person with Dementia (right).
My grandfather was the only family member that i know of who was diagnosed with dementia late in his life and this is his story.
His name was Alvin Loughley, his friends called him Alfie and i knew him as Grandpa. He was born in 1933 and was high school sweethearts with my grandmother and they married in 1958.
During their marriage they had three daughters, and he lived as normal a life as you or me.
years later the girls grew up and moved away and had families of their own. In 2008 while visiting us, symptoms became apparent and noticeable that something was off, at this time he was 75 years old.
Grandpa & Brother & Cousin
Shortly after his symptoms developed he was put in the hospital where he was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. At this point he could not live on his own anymore so he was moved to a nursing home.
Unfortunately there isn't a cure for dementia yet, but I am hopeful that some day soon they will discover the cure.
He passed away on November 27, 2015 at the age of 82.