Alzheimer Society Canada – Information About Dementia
posted on January 5, 2018
Dementia is a term that refers to a variety of brain disorders that includes Alzheimer’s. Each form of dementia include physical changes in the brain that result in deteriorating memory, motor function and emotional changes.
The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada provides a useful information on how to gain an understanding of the various forms of dementia and what can be done to ensure that you or a loved one can live a full life while living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
“Dementia is an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. A person with dementia may also experience changes in mood or behaviour.”
Learn more about different kinds of dementia, including:
- Young onset dementia
- Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Vascular dementia
- Mixed dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Lewy body dementia
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
- Down syndrome
- Rarer forms of dementia
Learning about the different kinds of dementia that exist, who they primarily affect, and what kinds of treatments are available for each is an important part of empowering yourself and preparing for the journey ahead.
Read this section to learn more about what kinds of things warrant a trip to your doctor concerning your memory and cognitive function.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada. The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada hopes that this initiative will help foster a greater appreciation for the scope of the disease of dementia across Canada. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is a serious and widespread problem in Canada. Every year, 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the number of Canadians currently living with dementia is expected to reach nearly One Million over the next 15 years. With no effective cure or viable treatment in existence, these numbers represent a serious need for increased research and healthcare nationwide. The hope is...