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Dementia is the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning For centuries people called it senility and considered it an inevitable part of aging It is now known that dementia is not a normal part of the aging process and that it is caused by an underlying condition People with this condition need special assistance to carry on with their normal lives This paper will explain some of the social services that are helping to combat this disease and an analysis of the services effectiveness More than four million older Americans have Alzheimers the most common form of dementia And that number is expected to triple in the next 20 years as more people live into their 80s and 90s Still theres reason for hope There are as yet no cures but researchers studying Alzheimers have made progress especially in the last 5 years New drugs that can temporarily improve mental abilities in some people with mild Alzheimers are now available and more drugs are being studied Researchers also have discovered several genes associated with Alzheimers Furthermore scientists are defining subgroups of dementias and their distinguishing characteristics in the hopes of refining treatments Although Alzheimers disease is the most common of the dementias there are many types even hundreds of dementias some reversible and others like Alzheimers disease irreversible What is Dementia Dementia is the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning For centuries people called it senility and considered it an inevitable part of aging It is now known that dementia is not a normal part of the aging process and that it is caused by some underlying condition Symptoms of dementia vary in severity order of appearance and with the type of dementia But all dementias involve some impairment of memory thinking reasoning and language Personality changes and abnormal behavior may also occur as dementia progresses
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