What is dementia?

Dementia is the name for a combination of symptoms (asyndrome), where the brain can no longer process information properly.

With dementia, there is memory loss. The information is gone, and will not come back. Dementia is much more serious than ordinary forgetfulness. The causes differ per type of dementia, but in all cases, the brain is irreversibly affected.

If the memory is affected, the memory loss will become increasingly serious over time. The person with dementia not only forgets the name of the aforementioned knowledge but at a given moment does not recognize that knowledge at all.

Slowly but surely, more and more information is disappearing from memory. This information is therefore no longer accessible to the person suffering from dementia.

Dementia is a collective name for more than fifty diseases. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, Vascular Dementia, Fronto Temporal Dementia (FTD) and Lewy body dementia are common.