According to Dementia UK, Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain.
There are over 200 subtypes of dementia, the five most common are:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- vascular dementia
- dementia with Lewy bodies
- frontotemporal dementia
- mixed dementia (A combination of different types)
What causes dementia?
The brain is made up of nerve cells (neurones) that communicate with each other by sending messages. Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain so messages can’t be sent from and to the brain effectively, which prevents the body from functioning normally.
Regardless of which type of dementia is diagnosed and what part of the brain is affected, each person will experience dementia in their own unique way.
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