What is Dementia?

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What are the Characteristics of Dementia?

• Person becomes dependent on others for activities of daily living.

• May complain of memory problems only if asked; unable to remember specific instances where memory loss was noticed by others.

• Close family members are more concerned about memory loss.

• Notable decline in memory for recent important events and conversations.

• Frequent word-finding difficulty and substitutions.

• Can get lost for hours in familiar territory when walking or driving.

• Becomes unable to operate common appliances.

• Shows loss of interest in social activities and inappropriate behavior.

• Abnormal mental status exam.

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