Alabama Department of Senior Services
A RESOURCE FOR ALABAMA SENIORS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR CARE GIVERS
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not easy to describe or understand. There are many types and causes of dementia, and not all types of dementia present the same way. Dementia usually happens in older age and is most easily described as changes in memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Most causes of dementia cannot be stopped and will progress over time.
When we hear the word dementia we often think about someone being forgetful; however, forgetfulness does not mean one has dementia. Forgetfulness that gets worse over time, or changes in one’s ability to do tasks they had done before without help is a concern. Changes in behavior like getting mad or becoming fearful is also a concern.
Some of the common types of dementia are described on the Types of Dementia page. You should ask your healthcare providers questions about the specific type of dementia you or your loved one has, how that type of dementia is best treated, and how it progresses over time.