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Whitney Houston's Mom, Cissy Houston, Is In the Early Stages of Dementia

Dementia is a group symptoms that affect your cognitive functions

Dementia is a group of symptoms that is often difficult to diagnose. It doesn't discriminate against race, gender, and sometimes age, and this disorder will affect cognitive tasks, like reasoning and memory. Alzheimer's disease is one of the many forms of dementia, and it encompasses 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.

There are many causes of dementia other than growing old and most of them are irreversible. Some of these causes could be repeated blows to the head, a stroke, and heart disease.

With that said, many forms of dementia are progressive and as dementia slowly takes over someone's life, it will have an impact on their lifestyle. Eventually, you will not be able to function independently, and a caretaker will need to be involved.

Dementia symptoms can vary, but if you experience issues with at least two of the core mental functions, you or a loved one could have dementia. Core mental functions include:

  • Memory
  • Ability to focus and pay attention
  • Visual perception
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Language and communication

Those with dementia have problems with short-term memory. They often lose their purses or wallets and forget to pay bills. They don’t remember where they are or have any idea of what they are doing.