What Dementia Does to the Brain

Dementia is a complex neurological condition. Much like drug or alcohol addiction, knowing what is going on, and why its happening is the place to start. Although dementia and all its forms are not yet fully understood by medical research, it’s important for those dealing with the disease and caring for loved ones with dementia to learn as much as they can about what’s going on in their loved one’s brain. Knowing how the brain works and how the disease affects its functions can give caregivers valuable insight into their loved one’s condition and ultimately learn how to support them as best they can.

Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care community in Tallahassee, Florida, understands the importance of learning about a loved one’s condition. “Dementia involves much more than memory loss alone,” says Griffin. “This disease brings with it a progression of challenging symptoms, including behavior challenges and personality changes, sleep issues.