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5 Facts about Dementia, the ‘Disease’ That Sean Connery Suffered Before He Died
007 James Bond actor Sean Conneryhas died at the age of 90. His second wife, Micheline, revealed the actor had dementia or senileness.
Sean Connery died in his sleep while in the Bahamas. Previously, it was not known what disease triggered the death of the Scottish-born man.
In 2013, rumors did say Sean Connery had Alzheimer’s Disease. It is one of the most common causes of senile or dementia found. But at the time, the rumours were debunked.
Dementia is a group of symptoms that accompany damage to brain function, especially memory. The notion that senile is a normal part of aging is a myth, because not everyone experiences it.
5 Facts about Dementia
Summarized from various sources, here are some facts about dementia.
1. Not a disease
Dementia itself is not a disease, but rather a group of symptoms that includes reduced memory and cognitive function. There are many diseases that can trigger dementia, one of which is Alzheimer’s Disease. As with any other disease, Alzheimer’s can be prevented before it worsens.
2. Not only attacking the elderly
It is important to note, dementia is not a normal part of aging. The elderly do experience it the most, but that doesn’t mean the younger generation can’t experience it. An estimated 200,000 people under the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s.
3. Alzheimer’s is one type of dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and senile are often considered the same, when they are not. Not all senile or dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s, although the disease is one of the most common types of senile. There are other types of dementia such as Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) as suffered by actor Robin Williams.
4. Can be inhibited
Early signs of dementia are often overlooked, but recognising it early on will help prevent it from getting worse. Behavioural changes, such as being quick to get angry, often straying while driving, can be suspected as an early sign of dementia.
5. Influential lifestyle
Research shows that regular exercise as well as a balanced diet, and not smoking, can lower the risk of dementia. Exercise could help the formation of new blood vessels that will increase blood flow to the brain.
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