Dementia brings with it a debilitating set of symptoms caused by an injury or brain disease and it affects over 47 million people worldwide.
Often appearing in those with Alzheimer’s disease, it causes a long-term decline in a person’s ability to think, remember, socialize, and even move and speak. Although we usually picture the elderly when we think about dementia, people younger than 65 can develop it as well. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are between 220,000 and 640,000 people in the U.S. with early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Unfortunately for one woman, she hadn’t even turned 40 before she became one of the 22,000 Australians with the devastating condition.