|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
|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|
|Changes in mood and behaviour|
|Difficulty with zips or buttons|
|Withdrawal from work or activities|
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