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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What is Dementia?


Dementia affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, behavior, and a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities. Dementia is a word that describes symptoms of the gradual deterioration of mental functioning that cannot be explained by normal aging.

 

What is Dementia?

 

Dementia is caused by the death of brain cells. Brain cells can be destroyed by brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, or strokes (called vascular or multi-infarct dementia), which decrease blood flow to the brain. 

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