Dementia / Alzheimers

Dementia is the umbrella term for symptoms affecting the functionality of the brain. The risk of developing Dementia increases with age, however it is dependent on multiple factors including genetics and environmental influence. The most common symptoms are changes in memory, changes in behaviour and thinking patterns and changes in personality.

Alzheimer’s disease

is the most common form of Dementia and is a

non-curable

and

progressive

.
There is no one test for diagnosing dementia, but a series of physical, emotional and cognitive tests. Brain imaging tests such as a

CT scan

can be used to determine any other disorders that may be influencing the patient’s symptoms or to diagnose the type of dementia. A patient can be referred to a

neurologist

,

geriatrician

or

psychiatrist

to help diagnose and manage dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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