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Dementia

Updated February 21, 2020
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Leacey Brown

SDSU Extension Gerontology Field Specialist

Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term to refer to cognitive impairment of various types that interfere with a person’s day-to-day function. Researchers project that half of the adults over the age of 85 will be impacted by some form of dementia. In addition, a significant portion of the U.S. population will be affected by the disease either as a caregiver or a person with the diagnosis. To learn more about the different types of dementia, please review the Types of Dementia web page hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, please review the following:

Memory Loss and Aging

We should not expect to become more forgetful as we age because dementia is not considered normal aging. If we have a concern about our memory, we should consult our medical provider. Memory impairment can be related medication side effects, poor sleep, infections or stressful life even such as the death of a spouse. For more information, please review Forgetfulness: Knowing When To Ask For Help by the National Institute on Aging.

Disclaimer: The preceding is presented for informational purposes only. SDSU Extension does not endorse the services, methods or products described herein, and makes no representations or warranties of any kind regarding them.

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Life Planning, Aging Well