Dementia Overview and Resources

Dementia Overview and Resources

As we age, most of us have many concerns about our futures.  Perhaps no issue causes more fear than living with dementia.  This is a valid concern as Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death among those over 65.  The occurrence is about twice as frequent in women than in men (1 in 5 vs. 1 in 10)

Although most dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s, there are other less frequent causes of progressive dementia, including:  Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Pick disease, Brain Injury, and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy.

Sudden confusion (delirium), agitation, or withdrawal is not an indication of long-term dementia, but rather may be caused by another medical condition, often by Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), and indicates the need for immediate medical attention.

We all have times of losing items or not remembering a word.  However, if these instances become more frequent and/or more severe, these could be an indication of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), often signaling the early stage of dementia.  Symptoms may include:

  • forgetting appointments, conversations, or recent events more frequently
  • having difficulty making judgments
  • having difficulty carrying out tasks that involve several steps
  • getting confused about time, people, and places
  • neglecting eating and hygiene
  • engaging in risky behavior
  • being depressed
  • having a sense of “brain fog”

Having a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is devasting and overwhelming.  A strong support system for both the individual and the family is invaluable.

The Alzheimer’s Association has a wealth of information and resources.  This includes a 24/7 Helpline (800.272.3900). They can also connect you to Support Groups, offering the latest research opportunities and medical care.  Their national website is

One of the organization’s major fundraisers is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Different chapters hold these on different days.  This information is on their website.   Missouri Walk information can be found at: https:/  The St. Charles area walk will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2024.  The St. Louis area walk will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2024.

Pam Stone , BSW, Certified Case Manager (CCM)
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