Dementia Characteristcs

Dementia can impact a person in a number of way. Some people may experience a very gradual increase in characteristics whilst others may experience more rapid increase in characteristics. There are a number of factors which can impact on this and they include:

  • Type of dementia – some types of dementia can bring with them characteristics which are both cognitive and physical in nature such as Lewy Body Dementia or Parkinson’s Dementia
  • Age of onset – Huntington’s disease which can be young onset can progress faster

The common symptoms and behavioural changes associated with dementia include the following:

  • Memory Loss
  • Confusion
  • Language difficulties
  • Failure to recognise people or objects
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Mood Swings
  • Impaired reasoning and judgement

In some instances individuals may respond differently to the breakdown of cells in certain areas of the brain. Other areas of the brain may compensate and adapt in order to ensure the continued functioning of the brain

Please click on the next lesson to explore the risk factors of dementia