According to alz.org, there are “more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, and every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops the disease.” Alzheimer’s is just one of the many forms of dementia. And what is dementia exactly? Dementia is when a person is unable to think, remember, or reason to the point where it affects one’s daily life.
Before dementia was even known by that term, in the 6th century BC, a Greek physician known as Pythagoras called it “senium by “imbecility, meaning decay of physical and mental capabilities”. During the 4th century BC, Hippocrates referred to it is as paranoia. And around these time periods, there was a lot of back and forth on what this disorder was, but for the most part, the main idea was that it was cognitive and that it affected the elderly. Dementia itself has many forms of it, and the most common form is known to be Alzheimer’s which was discovered by Alois Alzheimer back in 1800s.
According to Kim Warchol, founder of Dementia Care Specialists, DSM-5 has given dementia a new name and classified it as “Major Neurocognitive Disorder”. The reasoning of this change is due to the fact dementia is associated with the Latin words “mad and insane” and those words are a little too extreme for the disorder. And also because dementia is not a disease, “but a group of symptoms that can accompany certain diseases or…