Dementia Quiz for Caregivers – How Much Do You Know

Dementia Quiz for Caregivers – How Much Do You Know

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In Canada, there are now over 750,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia, and that number is predicted to rise to 1.4 million by 2031 if a cure can’t be found.

Worldwide, there are 47.5 million people living with dementia (2015 estimate) – more than the entire population of Canada.

Take this short true or false quiz for caregivers to see what you know (and don’t know) about dementia.


Alzheimer’s disease is the medical term for dementia.

Correct Answer: False.

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a deterioration in mental capabilities and memory that is progressive to the point where it interferes with daily living. Alzheimer’s disease is a term we use to describe the most common type of dementia.

Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells

Correct Answer: True

When brain cells are damaged, their ability to communicate with each other is compromised, which can not only affect our ability to think or reason, but also affect our behaviours and feelings.

Memory loss is a sure sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Correct Answer: False.

While it’s true that memory loss is one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, forgetfulness does not necessarily mean an automatic diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are many factors that can affect someone’s memory such as certain medications, sleep deprivation, nutritional deficiency, a head injury, etc. We all forget things as we grow older; however, memory loss is not a normal part of aging. If you’re taking care of someone who is experiencing frequent memory loss outside of typical forgetfulness (for example, forgetting the day of the week but remembering it later on during the day), visit a doctor to diagnose the issue.

Doctors can perform a standard test to diagnose dementia in people who are 65 years and older.

Correct Answer: False.

There is no standard test to determine if someone has dementia regardless of their age. Dementia can affect people who are younger than 65. In order to diagnose Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, doctors study numerous factors such as medical history, physical exams, laboratory tests, and changes in cognitive and physical skills, as well as behaviours.

A person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease will eventually undergo behavioural changes such as agitation, sleep disturbances, and depression.

Correct Answer: True.

Other behavioural changes include confusion, repetition, Sundowning, wandering, and responsive behaviours.

There is a cure for progressive dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Correct Answer: False.

There is no cure for most progressive kinds of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. However, medication and non-medicinal treatment plans can help alleviate or slow down the progression of dementia symptoms.

The economic impact of dementia in Canada is $10 billion per year.

Correct Answer: False.

In Canada, the combined medical expenses and lost earnings amount to $33 billion per year. This number will increase to $293 billion per year by 2040 if nothing changes in Canada.

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As a caregiver, it’s helpful to be armed with basic dementia facts even if the person in your care doesn’t have it.


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As a caregiver, it’s helpful to be armed with basic dementia facts even if the person in your care doesn’t have it.


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