Dementia is an umbrella term for conditions involving cognitive impairment, with symptoms that include memory loss, personality changes, and issues with language, communication, and thinking. Dementia is not a normal part of aging – while small short-term memory decreases are an expected part of aging, dementia causes serious impairment and can hugely impact quality of life.
- Affects 47.5 million people worldwide
- 60%+ of dementia cases are Alzheimer’s
- 33% of people age 85+ have Alzheimer’s
Source of information: www.dementia.org.