About 1 in 10 people with dementia are diagnosed with more than one type of dementia. This is called “mixed dementia”, and is most prevalent in people over 75 years of age. The most common mixed dementia is a combination of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, followed by a combination of Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia.
Symptoms of mixed dementia
The way a person is affected by mixed dementia will vary depending on the way each underlying disease affects their brain. So, their symptoms may include features of Alzheimer’s dementia – such as memory loss – alongside problems with processing thoughts, linked to vascular dementia. Like all forms of dementia, mixed dementia is a life-limiting disease that progressively worsens over time.