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MORE INFORMATION:

1. What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

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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2. Can a person with dementia continue to work after diagnosis?

Yes, people can work after diagnosis. However, depending on the nature of the job, some accommodations may be necessary.

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3. Is memory loss always the first warning sign of dementia?

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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4. Can a person living with dementia continue to enjoy social activities?

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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5. Are there treatments that stop dementia from getting worse?

No, some drugs help reduce symptoms, for some people, but none stop the progression of dementia.

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6. Can a person living with dementia make decisions for themselves?

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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7. Is Alzheimer’s disease hereditary?

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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8. Is dementia a normal part of growing old?

No, dementia is caused by certain diseases and is not an inevitable part of aging.

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9. Does Alzheimer’s disease affect people younger than 65?

Yes, Alzheimer’s disease can occur in people who are in their 50s, 40’s or even 30’s.

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10. Can a person with dementia live alone?

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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Last Updated: 01/05/16
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