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What is dementia? 

What is dementia?
Chapter:
What is dementia?
Source:
Dementia Care: A Practical Manual
Author(s):

Jonathan Waite

, Rowan H. Harwood

, Ian R. Morton

, and David J. Connelly

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199228829.003.0001

Features of dementia 2

Symptoms of dementia 4

Causes of dementia 8

Mild cognitive impairment 12

Alcohol and dementia 13

Reversible dementia 14

What is not dementia 16

Summary 20

The definition in Box 1.1 is convenient and concise but has its limitations. No one is likely to mistake the signs of advanced dementia, but there is always difficulty deciding at what point someone who has been showing gradually worsening memory can be diagnosed as having definite dementia....

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