Chapter 1. Dementia – A Brief Overview

  1. Sube Banerjee and
  2. Vanessa Lawrence

Published Online: 6 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470725498.ch1

Managing Dementia in a Multicultural Society

Managing Dementia in a Multicultural Society

How to Cite

Banerjee, S. and Lawrence, V. (2010) Dementia – A Brief Overview, in Managing Dementia in a Multicultural Society, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470725498.ch1

Author Information

  1. The David Goldberg Centre, The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470723531

Online ISBN: 9780470725498



  • dementia;
  • schizophrenia, disorder characterized by hallucinations, delusions, anxiety and fear;
  • Latin word ‘demens’ - insane or being out of one's mind;
  • spending time on language use - and understanding terminology;
  • cholinergic pathway deficiencies in brain - first generation treatment for dementia;
  • Alzheimer's disease - clinically similar in younger and older patients;
  • making living with dementia different – issues, in one's fifties and eighties;
  • dementia sub-types and ICD-10 stages of dementia;
  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD) - most common dementia in the UK;
  • vascular dementia (VaD), second most common cause of dementia in the UK


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is dementia?

  • Historical development of terms

  • Scientific terminology and understandings

  • Sub-types of dementia

  • Alzheimer's disease

  • Vascular dementia

  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies

  • Frontotemporal dementia

  • Clinical presentation of dementia