What is senile dementia? Is it a dementia for old people?
Much more information is know about forgetfulness and memory problems associated with aging amongst older people nowadays.
In days gone by not much was known about memory loss, confusion and dementias in the elderly.
It was thought that it was a condition that eventually all old people would get and was a normal condition associated with ageing.
This was known as senile dementia. This is because senile is another word for old.
Better Understanding of senile dementia
Nowadays, with our greater knowledge of memory loss and how it affects the brain, we do not refer or use the term “Senile dementia”. It is an outdated reference term to memory loss and confusion amongst the old. Although I’m sure when used it is not being disrespectful to the person to refer to them as “old”
There are many reasons a person may develop memory loss and these reasons are as yet, not fully understood. So we use the word “dementia” as an umbrella term for many conditions that affect the brain’s ability to remember. We can also break down the term into smaller categories of diseases, with Alzheimer’s being the most common.
Specific causes of the disease
We use the disease that is causing the dementia to describe the form of condition the person is suffering from, such as vascular or Lewy bodies but senile dementia is not a term that falls into these categories as getting old is not a disease.
- In general, we would use the word “dementia” to describe people over 65 years of age with memory loss problems and the term “early onset dementia” for people under the age of 65 years who suffer from memory problems
If you would like to know more have a look at this page – different kinds of dementia