Alzheimer’s SA

About the Organisation
Alzheimer’s SA was established in 1985 and is a non-profit company. We are currently in 8 of the 9 regions. Most

of the organisation is made up of volunteers with a small core component of paid staff in each region.

We are an affiliate of Alzheimer’s Disease International.
What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe various different brain disorders that commonly have a loss of

brain function that is usually progressive and eventually severe. There are over 100 different types of dementia.

The most common are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Symptoms of dementia include loss of memory, confusion and problems with speech and understanding and

reasoning.

Most forms of dementia cannot be cured. There are some drugs available that appear to alleviate some of the

symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in some people.

Is there a cure?
There is currently no cure for dementia and it is considered terminal. However, the progression differs between

various types of dementia. There is medication available to slow down the progression.

What are the common warning signs?
Loss of short term memory
Difficulty performing daily tasks
Problems with language
Disorientation to time and place
Poor or decreased judgement
Problems keeping track of things
Misplacing things
Changes in mood and behaviour
Difficulty with zips or buttons
Withdrawal from work or activities
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