Uncomplicated dementia is Vascular dementia and/or dementia of the Alzheimers type (link to DSM IV diagnostic criteria for vascular dementia and dementia of the Alzheimers type) associated with Cognitive and/or functional decline, but exhibiting no Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), complex co-morbidities or social issues.
Between 3-11% of people aged over 65 years and around 33% of people aged over 85 years have dementia.
Early dementia offers a key opportunity for primary or secondary prevention of associated conditions which are more difficult to manage at a later stage. These include falls (risk x9), fragility fractures (risk x4), reduced mobility, vascular health, loss of continence, malnutrition ; eg. all patients should receive a risk assessment for osteoporosis and falls prevention with appropriate intervention
Uncomplicated dementia is usually manageable by the primary healthcare team.
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