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DEMENTIA-DEFINITION

Neurology

DEMENTIA-DEFINITION

A. Defined as a chronic cognitive decline with/without behavioral impairment BUT WITHOUT ALTERED CONSCIOUSNESS that is:
1. Progressive.
2. Interferes with normal daily functioning.
3. Not due to delirium or psychiatric disorder.

B. Cognitive decline features:
1. Decreased ability to learn and remember new information.
2. Decreased problem-solving with simple or complex tasks.
3. Decline in spatial organization - they get lost.
4. Trouble with impulse control - unusual behavior.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
3. Image: no reference available.

Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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