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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
Psychiatry 34 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.
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
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

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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.

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