One in 14 people over 65 in the UK has dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease causing the majority – but what is it? the difference between the two conditions?
The famous actress was first diagnosed in 2014, but her condition wasn’t revealed until 2018 by her husband Scott Mitchell.
At the time, Mitchell said he hoped that saying it would « help other families deal with loved ones suffering from this cruel disease ». .
Barbara and Scott became ambassadors for the Alzheimer’s Society, committed to promoting funding and research on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The disease is the leading killer in the UK and one in 14 people over 65 is currently suffering from dementia.
Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a general term for memory loss and other mental faculties that is severe enough to affect daily life. It is caused by damage to brain cells which means they cannot communicate with each other.
There are many different types of dementia and many different causes – one of which is Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a specific disease in which proteins accumulate abnormally in the brain. It’s degenerative, which means it gets worse over time. It can cause confusion, memory problems, disorientation, personality changes, hallucinations, and difficulty performing everyday tasks.
Dementia can also be caused by a variety of other diseases, including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob. It can also be caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Vascular dementia is the second most common type after Alzheimer’s disease. This is caused by damage to the vessels that supply blood to the brain.
Some patients may benefit from psychological therapy to aid their memory, cognitive functions, and language skills.
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