All you need to know about dementia

Dementia is one of the fastest growing and most costly conditions in the world.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of different symptoms caused by various conditions. The common cognitive symptoms involve the deterioration in memory and thinking, as well as behavioural changes, which restrict the ability to perform everyday activities.

As of today, 75% of individuals living with dementia have not received a formal diagnosis.

There are 9.9 million new individuals diagnosed each year and an estimated annual cost of $1 trillion.

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Symptoms

People often tend to consider being forgetful and thinking slowly as a normal part of growing old. While this is partially true, dementia is not part of normal ageing.

In dementia, a persons’ daily functioning becomes impaired. Dementia is progressive and affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language and judgment.

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Treatment

There is a dramatic need for dementia care and treatment. Currently, there is a very low availability of specialist doctors and nurses globally, and the prevention methods and medicines available are not effective enough. As the incidence of dementia grows, those primary care structures will struggle to deliver high-quality care.

Technology can contribute to changing this situation and make it possible for non expensive care and medical technology to reach those with low accessibility.

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Stages

Dementia has different stages. Early dementia is often overlooked because the onset is gradual and symptoms are often considered a normal part of ageing.

In the later stages of dementia, the cognitive impairment becomes extensive and the individual will require assistance with daily tasks.

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Geras Solutions App

Even a tablet or a smartphone, with the right app, can provide access to essential care and support.

Get more information about our easy-to-use app for quick and effortless support from dementia specialists from your home.

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