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Researcher, Brian, Leland Areski discussed on The Science Show

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Why does it occur how best to deal with it and what does research say leland areski is a post doctoral researcher on brains at the university of tasmania in hobart dementia is the seventh biggest killer worldwide that in a stray leah dementia is the leading cause of death in women and the third most common cause of death in men now i just the biggest risk factor for dementia and given that we live in an aging population dementia cases a set to almost triple by twenty fifty now many people surprised to hear that dementia kills let's have a think about why that is so everything we do with the way thinking about it on not is controlled by the brain so dementia caused by progressive newer degenerative diseases which means that they kill neurons that make up the brian so when a person has dementia neurons in various parts of the brian gradually breakdown and dime the disease then spreads to other pot of the brain so this means that in the early stages of dementia a person might have issues we've memory or attentional personality and then as the dementia progresses paypal alternately lose control of their body functions the lose the ability to speak and swallow and function independently well everyone's a little bit different so people with the same calls of dementia weren't necessarily have all the same symptoms one of the most common symptoms is memory loss now that weren't necessarily the first thing that happens but it is often one of the first things that people this now this happens when damage occurs to part of the brain called the hippocampus which is involved in making memories and it's responsible for keeping track of what you do from minute to minute a bit lanka diary so if i was to ask you what you doing before you listening to this you'd be using the hippocampus to recall that information.