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Dementia
Dementia is a pattern of mental decline caused by different diseases or conditions.

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Learn The Basics
Dementia And Delirium
Delirium is a state of acute confusion that is very similar to dementia.
Causes Of Dementia
Dementia can be caused by a number of diseases, but the three most common are Alzheimer's disease, multi-infarct (or vascular) dementia and Lewy body disease.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Find out what others are asking about dementia.
Symptoms Of Dementia
Symptoms of dementia emerge slowly, worsen over time and restrict your ability to function.
Dementia And Depression
Because depression can sometimes affect memory and cognition, it is often difficult to clearly differentiate it from dementia.
Dementia
Dementia is used as an umbrella term to group all diseases that incorporate some form of memory loss.

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Warning Signs Of Dementia
If you or your family and friends have noticed a change in your cognitive function and/or behavior, it is important that you consult a health-care provider.
Working With A Health Care Professional
Your health-care professional will want to know when your memory problems started and how quickly they progressed. This information, together your age and other medical history, can point toward a likely diagnosis.

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What You Can Do
Although there is no cure for dementia, there is still a lot that patients, health care providers, family, friends and caregivers can do to help.
What A Health Care Professional Can Do
If you are suffering from dementia, your health-care provider can do a few things to help you manage your disease.
What Family Members Can Do
Families are the largest component of care for people with dementia.
How To Prevent Dementia
Good personal health habits and medical care can prevent some types of dementia, but most causes of dementia cannot be prevented.

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Prognosis
Life expectancy for people with dementia depends on the underlying cause.

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