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7 Surprising Facts You Need To Know About Dementia

By: Somya Ojha

Dementia, the very word can make most of us cringe. Impaired functionality of the brain, forgetfulness, etc., are some of the harrowing symptoms of dementia. And as you can imagine decline in one's mental health can wreak havoc in his/her personal and professional lives.

In the last few decades, there has been a significant rise in the number of people suffering from dementia. Every now and then, health experts try to educate people about this degenerative disorder, as spreading awareness is crucial.

That is why, today at Boldsky, we're letting you know about some of the surprising facts on dementia that you need to know because knowing about these facts can help you and those around you.

Also Read: 8 Early Signs Of Dementia That You Should Not Ignore

While most of us know that dementia is about memory loss, there are several facts about it that we are unaware of.

For instance, the fact that dementia is not a disease in itself, but a group of conditions and symptoms and the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease and so on.

Have a look at more such surprising facts about dementia, here.


Fact #1

Contrary to common misconception, dementia does not just cause memory loss, but can also affect an individual's ability to communicate and think clearly. Several people suffering from this have experienced disorientation, delusions, etc.


Fact #2

Most people think that this problem only affects the elderly. But, that notion is farther from the truth. As per a recent study, a lot of people suffering from this condition are not 65 years yet.


Fact #3

There is no concrete cure for dementia, but there are certain treatments that can help. Few advanced drugs can give relief from certain symptoms, but can't completely banish them. However, several medical researches are underway to find a cure for dementia.


Fact #4

The diagnosis of dementia is done quite differently when compared to other diseases, mainly because it is a degenerative disease of the brain. Memory tests, brain scans along with thorough physical examination and medical history are taken into consideration.


Fact #5

Most people think of dementia as a disease in particular, but rather, it is a group of conditions that impairs an individual brain's ability to function efficiently. The most commonly known form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease.


Fact #6

This kind of a degenerative disorder is most commonly seen among women. Recent studies have found that on a global scale, this group of condition affects women way more than it impacts men.


Fact #7

Millions of people all over the world are suffering from dementia. This number may go up or down. But, either ways, it is far more common than you can think. That is why, it is imperative for people to know more about this problem.

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Story first published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 16:30 [IST]
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