According to the Alzheimer’s organization, Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. (see alz.org )
They go on to say, “Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
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People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory. This is common, and looks like trouble keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, remembering appointments or traveling. Even just out of the neighborhood. We often see this when a person who used to cook stops, or has trouble planning and preparing meals, or leaving food in the microwave or stove.
Most dementias are progressive and gradual, meaning that your symptoms start out slowly and over time get worse. If you or anyone you know is experiencing memory skills issues, please do not ignore them. Get an evaluation from a doctor who understands dementia.