Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form.
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Yes, people can work after diagnosis. However, depending on the nature of the job, some accommodations may be necessary.
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No, memory loss may not be the first sign. Changes in mood, behaviour or judgment may appear before memory loss is obvious.
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Yes, people with dementia can continue to take part in activities they enjoy. A strong social network and contact with others can help prolong the person’s independence.
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No, some drugs help reduce symptoms, for some people, but none stop the progression of dementia.
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Yes, people with dementia are able to express their wishes for some time, and should be supported in making their own decisions for as long as possible.
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Familial Alzheimer’s disease occurs in less than 5% of all Alzheimer’s cases and runs in families. The most common form of Alzheimer’s disease is called sporadic; it has no specific family link.
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No, dementia is caused by certain diseases and is not an inevitable part of aging.
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Yes, Alzheimer’s disease can occur in people who are in their 50s, 40’s or even 30’s.
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Yes, diagnosis doesn’t automatically mean that the person can’t live alone. Supports like family and friends, the Alzheimer Society and other community services can help the person, especially in the early stages, manage the changes and maintain their independence.
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