Dementia Facts

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some additional facts about the condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, caused by a variety of brain illnesses that affect memory, thinking, behavior and a persons ability to perform everyday activities.

Dementia is overwhelming not only for the people who have it, but even more for their caregivers and families. There is a lack of awareness and understanding of dementia, resulting in stigmatization, barriers to diagnosis and care, and impacting caregivers and families.

Here are some facts about dementia from the World Health Organization:

Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging.

Worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia, and there are 7.7 million new cases every year. This number of people with dementia is expected to more than double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.

Alzheimers disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60 to 70 percent of cases.

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.