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Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life, and an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia,” which reflects the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging. While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus and pay attention
- Reasoning and judgment
- Visual perception
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming, but we have resources to help. As a caregiver, you likely have many responsibilities. It is important to have a support network to take care of your own well-being. Caregiving is demanding — and it’s normal to need a break. Seeking help does not make you a failure. Remember that respite services benefit the person with dementia as well as the caregiver.
Since 1985, Alzheimer’s New Jersey has been providing care and support for New Jersey families today and helping to advance research for a cure tomorrow. As Alzheimer’s New Jersey (formerly known as Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter) our commitment to local programs and services is stronger than ever.