Human Development 101
California State University, San Marcos
Dementia, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary is “a usually progressive condition marked by deteriorated cognitive functioning often with emotional apathy.” Dementia isn’t a disease, but rather an assortment and variety of mental impairment that causes an individual to think in an unusual sense. Dementia branches off into different sections. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is an example of Dementia, which is brain damage that causes mental reduction of movement and thought. A more common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, which progressively gets worse as time passes and is marked by memory loss, uncontrolled thinking, and odd behavior. More than 5 million people throughout America are affected by Alzheimer's disease. The age range mostly affects people 65 years or older, but things such as head injuries, gender, and genetic compound also contribute to those affected with Alzheimer's disease. Dementia can occur in more than 12 forms, and some cannot be cured, such as Alzheimer's disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Memory loss is the most common symptom of any form of dementia and can be found in all forms of it as well. Memory loss isn’t what causes dementia though. Dementia is caused by at least 2 or more areas of brain damage, whether it may be due to physical activity or progressive aging and the deteriorating of brain cells. Many people with any type of form of dementia become confused and their thinking abilities become slurred and impaired. Friends and family may even forget the names of those they’ve known all their life if dementia inhibits their lives. Behavior becomes abnormal to their daily life before and their personalities may change dramatically. Dementia causes a person to forget the things and people around them, as well possibly think that the world around them isn’t what it seems. Some people may dub these...