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Dementia is a common problem in the elderly. People with dementia have problems with memory and other mental skills (thinking and behaviour) that can affect daily life. Dementia is caused by injury or changes in the brain which may or may not be reversible.
In dementia, the rate of decline in mental functions (memory, thinking, behaviour) can vary – some people may stay the same for years whereas others may have rapid decline of mental functions. Most people with dementia may live for months, years or decades, depending on the cause of the dementia and associated medical conditions.
Dementia progresses slowly over time and after diagnosis, the doctor will recommend regular follow-ups to assess mental function and other problems. Consult a doctor if you, or any of your loved ones, have any memory or behavioural problem suggestive of some significant medical problem.