Answers to Common Brain and Memory Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about the brain and memory loss.

Is dementia an age-related disease?

Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather just a word used to describe a variety of symptoms that occur when memory and critical thinking skills stop working the way they should, according to the Alzheimer’s Association(AA).

Dementia describes a decline in a person’s mental abilities that is so severe it causes problems with daily life, according to the AA.

Though memory can be affected by aging, the AA points out that it is a misconception that serious issues with memory are a normal part of growing older.

Some dementia is more common in older people though, according to Premier Health Specialists’ physicians. For example 3 percent of people develop dementia between ages 65 and 74, and about 20 percent of people develop dementia between ages 75 and 84.

Talk to your doctor about dementia and its relation to age.

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Source: Mark Friedman, DO, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Bryan Ludwig, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute

 

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