Support for Patient, Families is Key in Each Stage of DiseaseDementia is a general term used to describe a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Family members, healthcare providers, and care managers face special challenges in supporting and caring for people with dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% to 80% of all cases of dementia. Although symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be impaired, including:
- Communication and language
- Ability to focus
- Reasoning and judgement
- Visual perception