What is Dementia?

By Team Beller / February 6, 2019

Dementia strikes 1 of 6 Americans, and 1 of 3 seniors worldwide, but one of the most frequent questions: "What is dementia?" 

Dementia is not a disease but a medical disorder defined by cognitive decline, impaired thinking, and memory loss. People experience dramatic personality changes, emotional outbursts, and declining organizational skills. 

Some dementia versions attack language skills. Others destroy visual perception, causing delusions and hallucinations. 

Cognitive, physical, social, organizational, and vital skills deteriorate until a person can no longer manage their finances, hold a job, or remain independent. By later stages, a person requires 24/7 care. 

Fourteen primary diseases manifest into dementia. 

Dementia Series, books 1-8

Books 1-4

Dementia Overview, book 1 is an introduction to all 14 dementias. 

Behavioral Variant Dementia (bvFTD), book 2  concentrates on the most prevalent frontotemporal dementia.

Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), book 3  is a frontotemporal dementia that attacks language skills.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies, book 4 investigates the most prevalent Lewy body dementia sub type. 

Books 5-8

Parkinson's Disease Dementia (PDD), book 5  is a Lewy body dementia that begins as Parkinson's disease. 

Huntington's Disease, book 6 focuses on a less frequent but no less dangerous dementia.

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, book 7 is a dementia that strikes all ages.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome, book 8 is an avoidable dementia.