What is dementia?
Dementia is a general term which describes a wide range of symptoms associated with deterioration of memory and other thinking skills, which eventually reduce a person’s ability to perform daily activities. Dementia is a neurodegenerative condition, meaning that the symptoms slowly get worse over time because of a progressive damage of the nerve cells in the brain.
Early symptoms of dementia usually include memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in personality.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. However, other dementia also exists: the main other types are dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia, and fronto-temporal dementia.
The World Health Organization estimates that they are currently around 55 million people living with dementia worldwide, and that this number will reach 78 million in 2030.
Even if dementia mostly affects persons over 65 years old, it is not a natural part of ageing! Dementia is caused by nerve cells damages in the brain.
reMIND Information & Awareness Campaign aims to diffuse knowledge about dementia to our communities, to prepare them to become more inclusive and solidarity with people with dementia and their caregivers.