A Brief Overview of Dementia


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A Brief Overview of Dementia
When most people hear the word “dementia” they immediately think of Alzheimer’s disease, but dementia, according to the Mayo Clinic (2009), is not a specific disease or disorder, rather it is “a group of symptoms affecting intellectual and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning” (n.p.). Alzheimer’s disease is a very common cause of dementia, but many other things can cause it as well including drug and alcohol abuse, hormone imbalances, and combinations of prescription medicines (Glass, 2009, n.p.). As the population of North America ages, the problem of dementia is likely to become more widespread. Abbott (2011) posits that about 35.6 million people around the world are suffering...
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