Dementia is a common term used to define a decline in mental ability that is harsh enough to hinder one’s daily life. It describes a set of symptoms affecting memory, thinking, and general social abilities. However, you may not know that dementia also characterizes a number of conditions that affect and damage the brain cells, leading to gradual deterioration of memory, decision making, mood, personality, self-expression, and the ability to perform routine activities. For example, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most general causes of dementia. However, researchers have discovered that there are over a hundred types of dementia in existence. One of the rarest forms is called Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease.
An astounding 47.5 million people are currently living with dementia all over the world. These numbers are expected to triple by 2050. While 60-80% of these cases are due to Alzheimer’s disease, there are a multitude of other forms of this mental condition that are not as familiar.
Below is an infographic from Be Independent Home Care that aims to provide increased awareness on the 8 types of dementia that are considered rare. Knowledge of the symptoms, causes, frequency, and those most prone to develop the disease is crucial for the education of sufferers, caregivers, families, and friends.