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Dementia is defined as the progressive loss of cognitive function. While memory loss may be one of the features of Dementia, there are other domains of cognitive function such as logic/reasoning, appropriate behavioral responses, speech, and language processing as well as visuospatial skills that may be adversely impacted.
It’s very important to confirm the diagnosis of Dementia and ensure there aren’t any reversible conditions which may have been misdiagnosed as Dementia. In evaluating this condition, we may order further tests such as further Neuroimaging (MRI Brain or PET CT Brain imaging) as well as blood tests. In some instances, we may order an Electroencephalogram (EEG).
It’s important for family members or friends to accompany these patients to appointments as we require collateral history and information on the living(home) situation to gauge for any potential safety concerns.
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