|Dementia is a condition characterized by a progressive decline of mental abilities, resulting in the restriction of a personís daily functioning.
Different areas of the brain control different skills and abilities. When mental functions such as memory, language, orientation, or judgment deteriorate, this may be a direct result of the way dementia has affected the brain.
The brain can be affected by various diseases and conditions which can lead to dementia. These include Alzheimerís disease, strokes, head injuries, and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Although your risk of developing dementia increases with age and is most commonly seen in the elderly (about 5% of people over the age of 65, and 20% of those over the age of 80 years have dementia to a certain degree) dementia is possible at any age, depending on the cause.