Dementia

Common Name(s)

Dementia

Dementia is not a disease, but is a term that describes a loss of cognitive functioning, such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning, and behavioral abilities to the extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life. Many conditions cause dementia and symptoms may vary depending on the cause. However, common symptoms include memory loss, difficulty communicating, difficulty planning and organizing, difficulty with motor functions, personality changes, disorientation, paranoia, inability to reason and inappropriate behavior. A physician can diagnose dementias after taking into account medical history and performance on a number of tests such as cognitive and neuropsychological tests, brain scans, blood tests, and psychiatric evaluation. Most types of dementia cannot be cured, however medication and occupational therapy can be used to manage symptoms.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

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Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center was established by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to provide information to health professionals, patients and their families and the public about Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders.

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2014

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Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and fund research into finding the cause and cure for the frontotemporal dementias; to provide information, education, and support to persons diagnosed with frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and their families and caregivers; and to educate physicians and allied health professionals about FTD.

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Dementia" for support, advocacy or research.

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Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center was established by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to provide information to health professionals, patients and their families and the public about Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders.

http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

Last Updated: 30 Oct 2014

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Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and fund research into finding the cause and cure for the frontotemporal dementias; to provide information, education, and support to persons diagnosed with frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and their families and caregivers; and to educate physicians and allied health professionals about FTD.

http://www.theaftd.org

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Dementia" returned 5770 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Effectiveness of collaborative treatment using Korean and Western medicine for mild cognitive impairment or dementia: A protocol for a prospective observational exploratory study.
 

Author(s): Hye-Yoon Lee, Hyung-Won Kang, NamKwen Kim, Eun-Hye Hyun, Joo-Hee Seo, Yeoung-Su Lyu, In Chul Jung, Geun-Woo Kim, Bora Park, Sung-Youl Choi, Hye-Won Kim, Hyun-Min Kim

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Aug;97(35):e12098.

 

South Korea has a dual medical system comprising conventional Western medicine (WM) and traditional Korean medicine (KM), which has yielded both positive results (increased opportunity to choose medical care) and negative results (increased medical costs). Thus, the Ministry of Health ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Development, implementation and evaluation of Australia's first national continuing medical education program for the timely diagnosis and management of dementia in general practice.
 

Author(s): Heike Schütze, Allan Shell, Henry Brodaty

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Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia. Over half of patients with dementia are undiagnosed in primary care. This paper describes the development, implementation and initial evaluation of the first national continuing medical education program on the timely diagnosis ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Statins use and risk of dementia: A dose-response meta analysis.
 

Author(s): Xiaoyu Zhang, Jianzhong Wen, Zhiqiang Zhang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Jul;97(30):e11304.

 

Previous studies have indicated that statins use is associated with risk of dementia, but presented controversial results. Medline, Embase, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Database were searched update to November 2017 to identify the potential relationship between statins use and ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Dementia" returned 999 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Usability and acceptability of technology for community-dwelling older adults with mild cognitive impairment and dementia: a systematic literature review.
 

Author(s): Torhild Holthe, Liv Halvorsrud, Dag Karterud, Kari-Anne Hoel, Anne Lund

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The objective of this review was to obtain an overview of the technologies that have been explored with older adults with mild cognitive impairment and dementia (MCI/D), current knowledge on the usability and acceptability of such technologies, and how people with MCI/D and their ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Social exclusion in adult informal carers: A systematic narrative review of the experiences of informal carers of people with dementia and mental illness.
 

Author(s): Nan Greenwood, Gillian Mezey, Raymond Smith

Journal: Maturitas. 2018 Jun;112():39-45.

 

Social exclusion has a negative impact on quality of life. People living with dementia or mental health disorders as well as informal carers have been separately described as socially excluded. The objective of this systematic narrative review was to examine the extent to which social ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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What does the general public understand about prevention and treatment of dementia? A systematic review of population-based surveys.
 

Author(s): Monica Cations, Gorjana Radisic, Maria Crotty, Kate E Laver

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To synthesise results of population surveys assessing knowledge and attitudes about prevention and treatment of dementia.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Hand Grasping Techniques on Eliciting the Grasp Reflex in Patients With Dementia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dementia

 

Last Updated: 4 Oct 2016

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Research on the Early and Prognosis Diagnosis of Vascular Dementia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dementia

 

Last Updated: 11 May 2017

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