The term “dementia” doesn’t refer to one, specific disease. Rather, it’s an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain.
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Age-associated memory impairment is part of the natural process of aging. For most people, memory generally remains strong as they get older, and doesn’t decline rapidly or substantively.
However, brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are different.
To learn more about dementia, visit the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s website and review the information sheet, What is Dementia?
We encourage individuals concerned about memory loss and dementia to speak with their doctor.