CHAPTER 2: DEFINING DEMENTIA
Dementia is not defined as an actual disease. Instead, it is defined as a cluster of different symptoms that affect a person's abilities to function in everyday life. Some symptoms can include loss of memory and slurred speech or difficulty with speech. Other symptoms involve disinhibition, diminished problem-solving ability and attention. Many different factors can cause a person to have symptoms of dementia including stroke, trauma, and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is one common cause of dementia.