This section provides a summary of dementia, which is, in fact, an often misunderstood condition. The summary includes not only the basics, such as the difference between simple “forgetfulness” and dementia-related “forgetfulness,” but also provides general knowledge about dementia, including the causes and types of dementia and the differences in the symptoms among various types of dementia.
In addition to providing basic knowledge about the symptoms, this section also provides an easy-to-understand summary, as a quick reference, for early detection of dementia, things that a person should know before seeing a doctor, the treatment methods available, and who actually to consult when dementia is suspected, etc.
Please use this as an introduction to dementia.
Dementia is “a disease that anyone can develop.”
Japan, our country, has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. At the same time, the number of elderly people suffering from dementia is also on the rise with the aging of the population. This rise in the elderly population and their care needs pose challenges to the healthcare system.
If some of the following signs become evident, should dementia be suspected?
If you notice something unusual with the behavior of a family member or with your own behavior, please check here first. Although these are not to be used as medical diagnostic criteria, please refer to this section, as a quick reference.
Points for early detection
Although this is not used as medical diagnostic criteria, please refer to it as a quick reference in your life.
What you need to know before going to the hospital
This section provides information to allay/endorse any concerns that you or your family may have before seeing a doctor. Make sure to check here before seeing a doctor.
About treatment of dementia
General treatment methods are introduced, mainly for Alzheimer-type dementia.
Basic essential knowledge about dementia
A summary, including the difference between simple “forgetfulness” and dementia-related “forgetfulness,” as well as of various causes of dementia, is provided here.
Learn about mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
This section provides an explanation about “mild cognitive impairment (MCI),” which is said to be “a stage before dementia,” in an easy-to-understand manner.