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De­men­tia is an age-re­lated dis­or­der, and more com­mon af­ter the age of 65 years, how­ever peo­ple in their 40s and 50s can also have de­men­tia. It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that not all older peo­ple get de­men­tia. It is not a nor­mal part of age­ing. The early signs of de­men­tia are very sub­tle and vague and may not be im­me­di­ately ob­vi­ous. Some com­mon symp­toms may in­clude: -Pro­gres­sive and fre­quent mem­ory loss -Con­fu­sion -Per­son­al­ity change -Ap­a­thy and with­drawal -Loss of abil­ity to per­form ev­ery­day tasks There are many dif­fer­ent forms of de­men­tia and each has its own causes. The com­mon ones are Alzheimer’s dis­ease, Vas­cu­lar De­men­tia, De­men­tia with lewy bod­ies, Frontal Tem­po­ral Lo­bar De­gen­er­a­tion, Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease, Al­co­hol re­lated de­men­tia and Creutzfeldt-Ja­cob dis­ease. It is im­por­tant to visit your GP early if there are con­cerns with any of the above symp­toms to clar­ify the di­ag­no­sis, as there are a num­ber of con­di­tions that pro­duce symp­toms sim­i­lar to de­men­tia. Th­ese in­clude some vi­ta­min and hor­mone de­fi­cien­cies, de­pres­sion, med­i­ca­tion clashes or over­med­i­ca­tion, in­fec­tions and brain tu­mours. It is es­sen­tial that a cor­rect med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis is ob­tained at an early stage when symp­toms first ap­pear. The ear­lier di­ag­no­sis and ac­cess to sup­port, in­for­ma­tion, and med­i­ca­tion will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove life qual­ity of a de­men­tia pa­tient.

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