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How does memory impairment affect the ability of an elder dementia patient to use verbal language?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Dementia: There are many types of dementia with differing causes. Some cause loss of language early such as a stroke in the speech areas. Others may have gradual decline with difficulty finding and using appropriate words. Speech is complex we need to know what we want to say, remember the concept and find the words. We also need the motor ability to move mouth, tongue, and larynx and expell air.
Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 26 years experience
Not great: The verbal langauage declines as the dementia progresses. Any new verbal and non-verbal language will not process into the brain for learning purpose and carrying out function. So stick with the simple and familiar verbal langauage for now. There is an interested concept of conservation for dementia individuals called "landmark" or "elderspeak".

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How does memory impairment affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language?

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Dr. Cheryl Kennedy
Psychiatry 35 years experience
Thanks for asking!: Dementia is a complicated diagnosis and the brain is globally involved although memory problems, particularly, short term (what did you have for breakfast?) are usually the first sign. When there are memory problems, individuals with dementia may have difficulty in finding the words they want, or remembering what they want to say. Additionally, there is almost always a slowing of processing ing.

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