Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease
The term “dementia” refers to a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do daily activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become upset, or see things that are not there.
Many different diseases can cause dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and stroke. Drugs are available to treat some of these diseases. While these drugs cannot cure dementia or repair brain damage, they may improve symptoms or slow down the disease. Use this section to learn the best ways to care for someone with dementia.