World Health Organization

Dementia and Caregiving

It is estimated that today, more than 47 million people around the world are living with dementia. Dementia affects mostly people older than 60, but may be sometimes affect younger people as well. People with dementia are mostly cared for by family members, friends or neighbours, referred to as caregivers.
 


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Memory problems

Dementia often starts with memory problems that affect a person’s daily life. For example, people have problems with understanding, finding one’s way, cooking, eating, bathing or other daily activities. Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It can be caused by many brain diseases. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

Unfortunately, dementia is often not diagnosed. There is no medication yet that can cure the disease. However, there are many reasons why it is important to understand that someone has dementia. First, the person may be relieved to find that (s)he has a medical condition and that the symptoms are not her or his fault. Second, the person can be involved in making decisions as long as possible. Third, the family and close friends can become educated and better prepared to care for the person as her or his care needs increase over time. iSupport helps caregivers to provide good care and to take care of themselves.