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what is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

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Dr. Cynthia Rector
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Ability vs Memory: Aphasia is a problem specifically of language. It is usually caused by damage to specific areas of the brain. The person may be able to understand others and know what they want to say, but are unable to form the words (expressive aphasia) Dementia is primarily a problem of memory. A person may forget a second language or be unable to remember the names for specific objects.

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