What is dementia?
Dementia in older adults is usually a progressive mental deterioration, involving functions such as memory learning and problem solving.
Initially there is little visible change on an everyday basis. Mental deterioration usually progresses slowly over a period of months for older people with dementia
Reviewed by Dr Duncan Ian Rodseth, MB Bch MMed (psych). Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice, Parktown Johannesburg. March 2015