Learn about dementia


Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's disease
 

In fact, Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. Yet, unlike those battling cancer, diabetes or other health conditions, people with dementia often experience social isolation and stigma. They retreat from family, friends, co-workers and society, as if to hide who they are and what is happening to them.
Alzheimer's disease is an illness of the brain. It causes large numbers of nerve cells in the brain to die. This affects a person's ability to remember things, think clearly, and use good judgment. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.
Many dementias are progressive, meaning symptoms start out slowly and gradually get worse. If you ore a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or other changes in thinking skills, don't ignore them. See your health care provider immediately to be screened.
LGBT & Dementia
LGBT people face many of the risk factors for dementia at higher rates than others, including:
  • Older lesbians are more likely to have cardiovascular disease and obesity,
  • Older gay men are more likely to live alone,
  • Bisexuals report smaller social networks,
  • Higher rates of smoking and drinking excessively.

In addition, HIV/AIDS can impact the central nervous system and include HIV-associated dementia or AIDS dementia complex. This impact most often happens with advanced stage HIV. While there is no cure for this form of dementia, taking medications can prevent or delay the onset of dementia and can even improve functioning if symptoms already occur. 
10 Signs of Dementia
These are 10 early signs and symptoms of dementia developed by the Alzheimer's Association
  1. 1
    Memory
    Memory changes that disrupt daily life.


  2. 2
    Planning
    Challenges in planning or solving problems.


  3. 3
    Tasks
    Difficulty completing familiar tasks.

  4. 4
    Confusion
    Confusion with time or place.

  5. 5
    Understanding
    Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

  6. 6
    Words
    New problems with words in speaking or writing.

  7. 7
    Misplacing
    Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

  8. 8
    Judgement
    Decreased or poor judgement.

  9. 9
    Withdrawal
    Withdrawal from work or social activities.

  10. 10
    Mood
    Changes in mood or personality.

Concerned you see signs of dementia?
If you are concerned about yourself or al oved one showing signs of dmentia, there are three key actions to take...
  1. 1: Get diagnosed
    Early diagnosis will help you learn about the options you have.
  2. 2: Connect to services
    Connect to services and organizations that can help both you and your caregivers.
  3. 3: Plan for the future
    Talk about medical, legal, housing and other options and plans.