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Were you looking for information about Dementia? Dimentia is a common misspelling of dementia.
Dementia is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that affect the brain. As many as 6.8 million people in the United States have the condition, and at least 1.8 million of those are severely affected. Symptoms include cognitive difficulties, personality changes, and behavioral problems, among others. Tests that a healthcare provider may use to diagnose the condition include psychiatric evaluations, cognitive and neuropsychological tests, and brain scans.
There is no way to reverse or stop most cases, although drugs are available to improve symptoms and slow down the disease's progression. Many people with dementia, particularly those in the early stages, may benefit from practicing tasks that are designed to improve performance in specific aspects of cognitive functioning. For example, sometimes people with this condition can be taught to use memory aids, such as mnemonics, computerized recall devices, or note taking.
People with moderate or advanced forms of the condition typically need round-the-clock care and supervision to prevent them from harming themselves or others. They may also need assistance with eating, bathing, and other daily activities.
(Click Dementia to read the complete eMedTV article, which provides a detailed look at causes of the condition, types of dementia, diagnosis, and treatment. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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