There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to dementia. Each individual with dementia has different life experiences, preferences and abilities, and there are more than 100 different kinds of dementia that can manifest in a variety of ways—for example, not everybody with dementia experiences memory loss.
Dementia is not a normal part of aging and, in most cases, is not hereditary. Do not delay speaking to your family physician should you have questions or concerns. He or she can rule out and help treat any reversible causes of cognitive impairment, connect you to helpful support services and inform you of lifestyle measures to take that can help reduce the risk of cognitive impairment or slow the progression of symptoms.
The science and research on dementia are fascinating and promising, but equally impactful are the stories of people caring for one another and helping to create better life experiences for their friends and family who are living with dementia.
Many thanks to all of you who have written words of encouragement, provided suggestions for improvement or who have shared your own personal stories. We welcome your continued input and feedback. [ ]