Dementia in Newtown, PA
Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that over time destroy nerve cells, and damage the brain beyond what might be expected from the usual consequences of biological aging. Dementia affects memory, thinking, behavior, and emotion. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, typically leading to deterioration in the ability to process thoughts from memories.
The illness reportedly gets worse over time, and not all people will get it as they age, however, the prevalence of dementia is dramatically increasing for young Americans, according to a recent report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Other factors that may be contributing to this earlier onset are our stressful modern lifestyles, unhealthy food supply, and increasingly toxic environment.
There are physical, psychological, social, and economic impacts not only for people living with dementia, but also for their careers, families, and society at large. A lack of awareness and understanding of dementia seems to have resulted in stigmatization and barriers to diagnosis and care. (Taken from World Health Organization and The Health of America Report 2020)