DementiaDementia affects more than 47 million people in the United States, and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. 

Since it affects so many families, Embassy Healthcare wants the public to be well educated about this health concern and has compiled a list of facts most people don’t know about dementia. 

Dementia isn’t a disease
Dementia is a term used to describe symptoms such as memory loss, behavior change and cognitive decline. Some forms of dementia can be treated if detected early enough, while others forms only worsen over time. 

Early diagnosis is pivotal 
Medication can slow or reverse symptoms of some forms of dementia if detected early. Unfortunately, early detection can be difficult since initial symptoms are mild and often go unnoticed. Be sure to have your friend or loved one evaluated right away if you notice any signs of dementia, especially if they’re older.  

People younger than 65 can develop dementia, too
While it’s true most people with dementia are over 65, the Alzheimer’s Association estimates 200,000 people in the U.S. have younger-onset Alzheimer’s and are under the age of 65. 

Alzheimer’s is only one form of dementia
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, but other forms include: Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease dementia, Creutzfelt-Jacob disease and vascular dementia. 

Dementia is not a common part of aging
While it’s common for seniors to forget specific details of events that took place a year ago, it’s not normal to forget those events that recently happened. It’s also not common to forget family members’ names or be unable to recognize them. 

Embassy Healthcare has specific communities designed to assist those with dementia. If you have a loved one who needs dementia care, schedule a tour today.