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It’s normal to forget things from time to time, and it’s normal to become a little more forgetful as we age. But forgetfulness, communication difficulties and confusion when trying to complete daily tasks are symptoms of dementia, a much more serious problem that millions of Americans are living with each day.
Dementia is actually an umbrella term, a medical diagnosis for people who exhibit symptoms of impaired memory and thinking. Several diseases cause dementia, but the most common cause of irreversible, progressive dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease.
An estimated 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and 16 million family members and friends are providing care for them, usually at home and almost always unpaid.
Care partners face their own challenges. Guests on this week’s TAB News know firsthand what it’s like to care for loved ones with dementia. They share tips and resources available to care partners and those who know people who are caring for loved ones with a form of dementia.