Dementia is a neurodegenerative disease that occurs due to abnormal brain changes. Persons with dementia experience decline in mental function that may or may not be severe enough to interfere with their daily life. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person's functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others to function.
In Singapore, about one in 10 adults above 60 years old suffer from dementia. An estimated 82,000 people lived in the dementia in 2018 and the number is expected to increase to 152,000 by 20301.
1Let's talk about vascular dementia. HealthHub. (n.d.) Retrieved from: https://www.healthhub.sg/programmes/74/understanding-dementia
The early signs of dementia are not visible, vague. They are easily assumed to be part of a normal aging process.
Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells. The two most common types are Alzheimer's disease and vascular Dementia.
Being brain healthy is relevant at any age, whether you are young or old. The risk factors for dementia are different in everybody.
A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing some types of dementia. Here are some ways you can reduce the chances of being diagnosed with dementia.