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Alzheimer’s is the loss of brain function resulting in dementia. Dementia is the main condition of Alzheimer’s and this is the combined loss of multiple brain functions. Alzheimer's disease causes 5060% of all dementias.
There are several things which can cause dementia:
Diseases that cause degeneration or loss of nerve cells in the brain such as Alzheimer's
Diseases that affect blood vessels, such as strokes
Toxic reactions, like excessive alcohol or drug use
Nutritional deficiencies, like vitamin B12 and folate deficiency
Infections that affect the brain and spinal cord
Head injury either a single severe head injury or longer term smaller injuries, like in boxers
Kidney, liver, and lung diseases can also lead to dementia
Dementia is considered a latelife disease because it typically develops mostly in elderly people. About 58% of all people over the age of 65 have some form of dementia. It is estimated that as many as half of people in their 80s suffer from dementia.
Some forms of dementia are treatable. However, dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured. The current treatment for Alzheimer’s acts to slow down the progression of the disease.