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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 39 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 25 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 22-year-old member asked:

Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Alzheimer's disease or alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia. Roughly 7 out 10 who have dementia have alzheimers. Other common types are are vascular, frontal temporal lobe, lewy body, alcohol or other substance induced types. There are many many rare causes of dementia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can dementia be prevented or delayed?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Possibly: The best current evidence suggests exercise may delay or possibly prevent dementia. Eating a good diet may help. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure work with your healthcare team to control it. Research is ongoing.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is memory loss a normal part of old aging?

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
Family Medicine 24 years experience
In general, aging can cause some memory loss, but other health problems (malnutrition, heart disease, depression, etc), inactivity, lack of mental stimulation & social isolation affect memory. The elderly typically have more health problems, less exercise & less social support than younger people. Keep your memory sharp w/ exercise (mental & physical), a balanced diet & by maintaining friendships.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Does a pituitary tumor affect your memory?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Not directly: The pituitary is far enough from the brain that a tumor would not directly affect the brain. However, a pituitary tumor can cause abnormal hormone levels, that could affect concentration, judgment, and memory.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which drugs are known to cause memory loss?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Many: Anti- anxiety medications like benzodiazepines (xanax). Several medications are problems for elderly, antihistamines, medications for overactive bladder. "statins" for cholesterol have caused reversible memory loss so severe, doctors thought it was alzheimer's. Ask your doctor before stopping medications, esp. The cholesterol and anxiety medications. The memory loss is reversible.

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