Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
Truly individualized care promotes a person’s highest practicable mental, physical, and psychosocial well-being. Adjusting care approaches to reflect day-to-day needs and abilities maximizes independence while ensuring a safe and supportive environment. Days that are comfortable and include meaningful activities help create a sense of wellbeing, improve quality of life, and support resilience to stress. This goal includes appropriate use and reduction of psychotropic medication as part of whole-person care.