Dementia is an overall term for symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. Symptoms may include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, changes in mood or behaviour severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is progressive as symptoms get worse due to damaged brain cells that eventually die.

Dementia is not a specific disease. Many diseases can cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia (due to strokes), Lewy Body Dementia, fronto-temporal dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. These conditions can have similar and overlapping symptoms. Vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, sleep disorders, or mental illness can produce symptoms like dementia. (1)

Dementia Module 2: Introducing Common Responsive Behaviours

Dementia Module 3: Causes of Responsive Behaviours

Dementia Module 4: Assessing Responsive Behaviours

Dementia Module 5: Person-centered Care and Pharmacological Treatments

Dementia Module 6: Non-Pharmacological Management of Responsive Behaviours

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