is dementia a normal part of the ageing process.?
- kathy_is_a_nurseLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
That's a tricky question. Most aging experts feel that if you live long enough, you will eventually experience some dementia. So the real question should be, "Can you do anything to delay the onset and progression of dementia?" And to that question, the answer is, "yes." Things like exercise, a good diet, multivitamins and antioxidants, ongoing mental stimulation (reading, puzzles, self-improvement programs, etc.), sound management of stress, etc., have all been shown to delay dementia.Source(s): Health/Wellness Writer and Consultant...and worked with an anti-aging physician for a number of years
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Brain function degrades with age - it's just a matter of how much and how it affects the individual. As others have pointed out, there are steps that can be taken to delay this process, diet, antioxidants, keeping "busy" etc but if you're biologically predisposed to dementia, then it's eventually going to affect you if you live long enough.
I read somewhere that theres a correlation between aluminium deposits in the brain and dementia which suggested that heavy tea and coffee drinkers were at greater risk but I don't know if thats bull or not! If not, I'm screwed! Now, what was I doing......?
- 1 decade ago
Dementia is a symptoms caused by several different diseases, the most common being Alzheimers.
We estimate that by the age of 65, 5% of the population will have some degree of dementia and by the age of 80 it will affect 20%.
It will affect a large number of people but the majority of older people do not have any problems with it
- 1 decade ago
Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process but unfortunatly is very common in the elderly; but can also occur in the young (early onset dementia.)
Hope that helps :)
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- Anonymous6 years ago
A very good, eye-opening site about this problem is: http://memoryloss.toptips.org
Memory loss may be due to many conditions such as small strokes in the brain, diabetes, high blood pressure, nutritional deficiencies, reactions to medications and alcoholism. The symtoms of more severe forms of Dementia / Alzheimer are mainly: poor judgement, poor decision making, masplacing things, difficulty having a conversation, losing track of dates, etc. If you notice any of these signs visit your doctor.
Hope it helps.
- magoLv 51 decade ago
No, it is not normal, meaning not everyone gets dementia as they get older. However it is a common occurance in the elderly.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No, there can be genetic links (Parkinsons, Alzheimers, Huntington's, Down's syndrome), unknown causes(diffuse Lewy body disease), or medication problems (medications don't leave the body as quickly in older people), or NPH (normal pressure hydrocephalus..water on the brain), parasites (such as tapeworm larvae), stroke or other brain damage, HIV related dementia, multi-infart dementia, alcoholic dementia (ie korsakoff's psychosis in wernicke-korsakoff syndrome), mad cow (creuzfeld-jacob disease), brain tumors or cysts, dehydration, vitamin deficiency dementia,hypothyroidism, frontotemporal lobar degenerations (ie Pick's disease), head trauma, syphillis, and other disorders.Here is a wikipedia link to dementia...
Here is an interesting link a tv show that had the tapeworm larvae in the head case...
(tapeworm larvae cause cysts in brain)
here are some links to Parkinson's and difuse Lewy body disease
http://www.postgradmed.com/issues/2003/05_03/stewa... (difuse lewy body disease)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=gnd.... (parkinson’s and genetics)
http://www.genome.gov/10001217#2 (genes and parkinsons)
Here is a link to NPH (normal pressure hydrocephalus)
- Kaye BLv 61 decade ago
It can be my grandmother has it but she is 95yrs doesn't remember things that happened 5 minutes ago,sometimes she can remember what happened when she was a child ( to me she is beautiful anyway i have the wonderful memories that i can i draw on. She can still can recite the alphabet backwards and her sense of humour comes out.) Advise her father gave her, always be kind to your children because your children are the ones that visit you
- 3 years ago
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