What You Need To Know
Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are physical, progressive and degenerative diseases of the brain.
Symptoms occur as a result of damage to nerve cells or neurons in different areas of the brain.
Dementia is not a normal part of ageing and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia symptoms.
The term “dementia” is an umbrella term that describes a group of symptoms including memory loss; challenges with thinking and decision-making; communication difficulties and changes in mood and behaviour that are significant enough to affect daily life.
It’s common for symptoms of dementia to be overlooked due to confusion with regular age-related slowing of the brain.
Sometimes dementia symptoms can be reversed if they are due to other conditions.
If symptoms are progressive, become more apparent or cause difficulty with daily life, these changes may be characteristic of dementia and warrant consultation with a physician.