Dementia in a Nutshell
The common misconception we hold among us is the belief that Dementia is a disease and it’s a normal part of ageing. Well for starters, it’s not. Dementia describes a wide range of symptoms which manifest themselves once a disease affects the brain, similar to how fever appears in a body infected by pathogens or related diseases. And it can happen to anyone at any time.
Everyone experiences Dementia in their own way. However, the common symptoms are memory loss, difficulties with planning, problem-solving or language, unpredictable changes in mood or behavior etc.
The reason one should keep an eye out for these symptoms is because Dementia is progressive. Simply stated, it just gets worse over time. Imagine a fever that never dies down. Quite lethal if you put it that way and such it is. However, many people with Dementia were able to lead happy and fulfilling lives for many years. So there is always hope, if early steps are considered.
The most common types of Dementia are Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia. Dementia with Lewy bodies and Frontotemporal Dementia are the rare ones. What must be kept in mind is that some people are diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), which is not as serious. However people with MCI have a higher risk of developing dementia. Although Genetic Composition might have a role, Dementia is mostly caused by Physical Changes in the brain which eventually lead to the unwanted death of brain cells. Scientists are still trying figure out the complete mechanism. So awareness and prevention is our only medication against this condition.
If not detected and treated at an early stage, Dementia could catalyze the creation of a few additional lethal diseases which could potentially destroy the life of a person which, otherwise, could’ve been a peaceful one. Don’t let this happen. Know the disease, know the symptoms. Know your enemies and prevent the war. It’s your life, make it beautiful.
- Seeam Shahid Noor