People with one or more medical conditions, including dementia, are at a higher risk of experiencing more severe effects when contracting COVID-19.

As we age, many of us experience some degree of memory loss. Sometimes it’s normal, but other times it can be a sign of dementia and other health issues. 

Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s a broad term referring to the ability to remember, think, or make decisions, and it’s severe enough to interfere with daily life and activities.

Dementia is characterized by:

– Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

– Difficulty in planning or following plans, or solving problems.

– Difficulty in performing familiar tasks.

– Confusion about time or place.

– Changes in mood and personality.

– Problems with words.

– Losing objects without being able to retrace steps to find them.

– Decreased or lack of judgment.

– Withdrawn behavior at work, hobbies, or social activities.

– Difficulty with visual and spatial skills, such as getting lost while driving.

For many of us, dementia is a frightening word. When we notice signs of memory loss in ourselves, we may fear losing our independence or worry about others’ perception of our capability.

However, early detection makes a significant difference in improving the quality of life and managing symptoms. It can also make it easier for families to get community support and access necessary resources.

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