What is Dementia?
Dementia occurs as a result of a disease process. The disease is diagnosed by the doctor if the person shows signs of memory, thinking and behavior disorders, and the person is reported to have dementia - Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder.
The first signs a family may notice are problems remembering recent events and difficulties doing routine, familiar tasks. The person may also experience confusion, personality changes, behavioral changes, decision-making problems, trouble finding words, not being able to gather thoughts or follow directions. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.