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Myth 1. Everyone develops dementia as they age. Although around 4 0% of people aged 65+ experience some changes in short-term memory as a normal part of aging, the re is more to dementia than this experience . There are multiple different types of dementia, but all result in a loss of cognitive functioning that can interfere with everyday activities. These effects extend beyond memory and may impact language skills , personality, visual perception, or attention span. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) estimates that , in 2014, 7.1% of Canadians aged 65 + were living with dementia . Two-thirds of those were women. Dementia is a degenerative condition, meaning that daily living is affected progressively more as more changes occur within the brain. This fact can make it difficult to tell the difference between dementia and the normal effects of aging in the early stages. Many people cope with the first changes through alterations to their routi