Definition of dementia
The following is the medical definition of dementia. However, there are other ways to consider dementia, which we also describe briefly below.
Dementia is an umbrella term or a collective name for progressive degenerative brain syndromes which affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion, which affects a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.
John Sandblom (2014): “We are just changing in ways the rest of you aren’t, we have increasing disabilities and the sooner it is looked at that way instead of the stigmas, misunderstandings and complete lies the better for all of us living with dementia. We desperately need others to enable us, not further disable us!”
Dr Al Power (2016): “Dementia is a shift in the way a person experiences the world around her/him.”
Kate Swaffer (2015): “Dementia is a group of syndromes or condition where the symptoms must be seen and supported as cognitive disabilities.”