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How can I find dementia research in plain language?

How can I find dementia research in plain language?

Try here (PubMed): This site is part of the nih and very accessible and easy to read. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001748/. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...Read more


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

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

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 ...Read more

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

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

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". ...Read more

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Are there any goals in dementia research for the future?

Are there any goals in dementia research for the future?

Cure: One of the main goals in addition to alleviating the dementia symptoms is to find a cure. Early research with rates has been very exciting in decreasing ti number of amyloid plaques. ...Read more

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What to do if I am doing research on aids and I have not really found any information about aids dementia. could someone please help me?

What to do if I am doing research on aids and I have not really found any information about aids dementia. could someone please help me?

Look here!: Here are two links for more information on HIV Dementia. Basic Info: http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/staying-healthy-with-hiv-aids/potential-related-health-problems/dementia/ More complex information: http://www.retrovirology.com/content/3/1/28 ...Read more

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What causes dementia?

Many factors: such as inherited predisposition as in Alzheimer's Dementia , Vascular Dementia is caused by hardening of the arteries with decreased blood flow to the brain causing microvascular changes as in strokes, repeated blows to the brain as in those incurred in sports, boxing, football . Accidents causing concussions or traumatic brain injuries like explosions in war. Diseases like Parkinson's Disease ...Read more

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Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure. ...Read more

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Is dementia hereditary?

Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be. ...Read more

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How common is dementia?

Common: Dementia is fairly common and the biggest risk factor is age. More than 1 out of 100 people aged 65 or less have dementia. Roughly 5 out of 100 of those aged 70, 10 of 100 aged 75, 25 of 100 aged 80 and roughly 45-50 out of 100 of those 85 years old and older have dementia. ...Read more

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Can you inherit dementia?

Some kinds.: Some types of dementia like alzheimer's disease with early onset at ages 40 to 60 have a large genetic component while other types of dementia like alcohol induced do not. ...Read more

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