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Are people with dementia still wise?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Eloise Potenza
Clinical Psychology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes they are still wise in many areas.
Memory loss and confusion typically start with difficulty in forming new memories and gradually progress into other areas. Factual knowledge is retrieved in a different manner that personal memories. The degree of dementia determines which areas are most profoundly affected so a person can be wise but unable to identify familiar individuals.

In brief: Yes
Yes they are still wise in many areas.
Memory loss and confusion typically start with difficulty in forming new memories and gradually progress into other areas. Factual knowledge is retrieved in a different manner that personal memories. The degree of dementia determines which areas are most profoundly affected so a person can be wise but unable to identify familiar individuals.
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Dr. Nicholas Nomicos
A very perceptive question and excellent answer.
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree
In brief: It Depends
Being wise refers to an ability to discern or judge what is true or right, and implies common sense and good judgment.
While some likely are wise, and are able to discern or judge what is true or right, and have good common sense and judgment, others may no longer exhibit this quality. The presence or absence of “being wise” may vary on the type and severity of the dementia, and on other factors.

In brief: It Depends
Being wise refers to an ability to discern or judge what is true or right, and implies common sense and good judgment.
While some likely are wise, and are able to discern or judge what is true or right, and have good common sense and judgment, others may no longer exhibit this quality. The presence or absence of “being wise” may vary on the type and severity of the dementia, and on other factors.
Dr. Kalyn Diamond
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Memory loss
Is not an all or nothing thing, so yes, some dementia patients are wise, particularly early in the illness.

In brief: Memory loss
Is not an all or nothing thing, so yes, some dementia patients are wise, particularly early in the illness.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
They may still be wise though they may be unable to communicate their wisdom.

In brief: Maybe
They may still be wise though they may be unable to communicate their wisdom.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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