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    Dementia Types

    Dementia, also called major neurocognitive disorder, is characterized by a chronic progressive loss of cognitive function in the absence of fluctuating consciousness. It represents a primarily geriatric syndrome that may be caused by one of several underlying conditions....

    Diagnostic Evaluation

    Early and accurate diagnosis are crucial to appropriate care, ensuring timely intervention, and planning for future needs of patients with dementia. Dementia is a clinical diagnosis and should include comprehensive evaluation of patient cognitive and functional abilities,...

    Management and Controversies in Management

    Dementia management requires individualized patient encounters that focus on education and realistic expectations. Numerous vitamins and supplements are promoted for memory enhancement, but they lack evidence to support their use. Nonpharmacotherapy should be used through all...

    Helping Caregivers and Family Members Cope

    Physicians who care for patients with dementia also must provide support for patient caregivers and family members. Caregiver burden requires attention from the health care team because most caregivers of patients with dementia report high levels of emotional stress. This...




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