Normal Aging or Dementia? Before you start assuming that symptoms or behaviors you see in someone who is changing are due to the effects of dementia, it’s important to get things checked out. Many health challenges like depression, hypothyroidism, diabetes, new medication side effects, or vision and hearing loss, for example, may present with “dementia-like” symptoms but not be dementia. They might be treatable conditions or symptoms that can be addressed with support or environmental modification. Dementia, is not treatable, not fixable, not normal aging, and it is terminal. It is considered a syndrome and is made up of symptoms caused by approximately 90 different health conditions including Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, MS, Frontal Temporal, Vascular, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or Alcohol related challenges.
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