You might know someone with dementia. Understanding dementia will help you and your loved ones.
[VIDEO DESC & TRANSCRIPT: Dwight is standing in front of a dark background. Clip begins with a freeze frame in black and while. A yellow box in the top right corner appears with black text “HEALTH FACT”. White text appears in near left center, “what is DEMENTIA” as a white line underlines it.
DWIGHT: Dementia is a syndrome that includes losing cognitive functions such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning. Dementia can interfere with people’s daily lives. When people have difficulties with memory, critical thinking, problem solving, attentional span, or self-care, this can interfere with their daily functions and activities. Their personalities may change; they may not be able to control their emotions. Dementia can range from mild to severe. There are many kinds of dementias. A neuropsychologist can help evaluate the level of severity and recommend strategies to deal with the functional changes that are impacted by dementia. People often believe that dementia is just a part of life where everyone would eventually experience. This is not true.
Clip fades out to a white background with black text in center, “This project was made possible with funding from the National Institutes of Health/NDICD (#5R01DC01446395 and supplements awarded to Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D.).” Next clip, white background with three logos — Deaf Seniors of America’s logo and the NAD’s logo are in a row, centered, underneath both logos is the Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center’s logo.]
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