Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Things to know about ​dementia


Forgetting names, misplacing keys or getting lost in a familiar place may not simply be signs of old age. There could be an underlying medical condition – dementia.

“Dementia refers to a group of symptoms including memory loss and loss of independent function,” explains Dr Nagaendran Kandiah, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), a member of the SingHealth group.

“It is not part of normal ageing but is due to brain disease, where there is a degeneration of specific brain regions.” ​

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What You Need to Know About Dementia
Symptoms include loss of memory function and impaired judgement

Dementia is a brain disease. It is not part of normal ageing. Forgetting names, misplacing keys or getting lost in a familiar place may not simply be signs of old age. There could be an underlying medical condition – dementia.

“Dementia refers to a group of symptoms including memory loss and loss of independent function,” explains Dr Nagaendran Kandiah, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology, National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), a member of the SingHealth group. “It is not part of normal ageing but is due to brain disease, where there is a degeneration of specific brain regions.”

Sufferers may find their mental capacity declining progressively along with a reduction in their ability to function normally. Dementia has early signs that are insidious, and patients are usually unable to pinpoint exactly when the symptoms first appeared.

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