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

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Dr. Cheryl Kennedy
33 years experience Psychiatry
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.
Answered on Sep 7, 2015
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Many ways: Comprehension of verbal language requires that the left temporal language areas are intact. Declarative memory that is not autobiographical or emotional charged requires an intact left temporal lobe (hippocampus and related structures. Language output requires intact left frontal lobe structures. Some memory systems are heavily invested in frontal lone circuitry. I could go on with more space
Answered on Apr 15, 2018

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