What Are The Different Stages of Dementia?
Transcription of Video: What Is Dementia?
As most of you know, Dementia is NOT a single disease; it’s an overall term — like heart disease — that covers a wide range of specific medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Disorders grouped under the general term “dementia” are caused by abnormal brain changes. These changes trigger a decline in thinking skills, also known as cognitive abilities, severe enough to impair daily life and independent function. They also affect behavior, feelings, and relationships.
There are 7 stages of dementia and they are all based on the cognitive function of the client:
Cognition refers to the mental processes involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension.
These cognitive processes include thinking, knowing, remembering, judging, and problem-solving. These are higher-level functions of the brain and encompass language, imagination, perception, and planning.
- Stage 1 – No cognitive decline
- Stage 2 – Mild cognitive decline
- Stage 3 – Mild cognitive decline
- Stage 4 – Moderate cognitive decline
- Stage 5 – Moderately severe cognitive decline
- Stage 6 – Severe cognitive decline
- Stage 7 – Very severe cognitive decline
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