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Does this scenario sound familiar to you? You’ve noticed a cognitive decline in your loved one. They aren’t quite themselves, show signs of forgetfulness, and you find that you frequently have to repeat yourself. These symptoms call for a visit to the doctor who comes back with a diagnosis of dementia. You’ve heard of this phrase before, but what exactly does it entail?  

What Is Dementia? 

Dementia is a blanket term that encompasses symptoms involving memory loss, and social and thinking impairment to the point that it impacts an individual’s ability to function normally.¹ In 2020, there were over 55 million people worldwide that have dementia. Due to the aging population, by 2030, that number is expected to rise to 78 million.² Dementia can impact anyone but tends to develop in those ages 65 and older. Although people think that forgetfulness comes with aging, dementia is a disease and should not be expected.

What are the signs of dementia? 

Dementia impacts people in several ways. The cognitive changes can involve communication difficulties such as slurred speech, trouble finding the right words, confusion and disorientation. Some may wander and become forgetful about where they are at or unfamiliar with their surroundings. Psychological changes can include anxiety, depression, and hallucinations. There is a chance of physical decline and an individual can begin to lose their balance.³


What Are The Different Types Of Dementia?

Dementia encompasses several types of memory loss and thinking impairment diseases. Among the types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and affects over 6 million Americans. More individuals die from Alzheimer’s disease than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.⁴ 

Speak With A Professional

Navigating the daily battle of dementia can be difficult and many do not know where to turn for help. Finding an expert that can help guide you through the process is vital for you and your loved one. Resources are available that empower individuals with knowledge and equip them with means to ensure that their loved one receives the right care and support. Senior living providers that specialize in Memory Care have dementia specialists to guide you through the process. Dementia support groups are often available, free of cost. The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to walk this journey alone. 


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  5. The Cottages Memory Care. Learn more at

Let Us Help You Today!

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about The Cottages and the care that our residents receive at our Idaho locations. We are experts in Memory Care and have been serving those who struggle with this condition for over 20 years. Our small home-like memory care homes and specially-trained team members offer an atmosphere that promotes the well-being of your loved one.  

If you have any questions, would like to tour one of the Idaho assisted living or memory care homes, or receive a no-pressure consultation with one of our licensed administrators, please fill out the form below. Please mention which location or locations are of interest to you.