Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a group of symptoms that can be caused by different physical changes in the brain.
A person’s risk of developing dementia increases as they age, however, dementia does not only affect older adults. Thousands of people under the age of 65 are living with a diagnosis of dementia in B.C.
In some cases, a person can appear to have dementia, but their symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion or disorientation, can actually be attributed to a reversible medical cause, for example, a urinary tract infection or a vitamin deficiency.
A diagnosis of dementia can be hugely stressful as dementia brings with it many changes and, unfortunately, a great deal of stigma. The following resources can help people affected by dementia navigate the diagnosis.