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Living with Dementia

Progressive Dementia

A Guide to the Diagnosis and Assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease

DEFINITION OF THE DEMENTIA SYNDROME

The characteristic clinical feature of dementia is the presence of cognitive decline sufficient to cause functional impairment. Criteria for dementia are defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM IV). When dementia has been confirmed, the differential diagnosis can begin. The onset of progressive… A Guide to the Diagnosis and Assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease   



Differential diagnosis of dementia

Aging and cognitive decline

There is a natural age-associated modification in cognition. As a consequence, it can be problematic distinguishing between cognitive impairment associated with normal aging and early dementia. In addition, ‘mild cognitive impairment’ (MCI) can be experienced. This is characterized by an abnormal level of cognitive impairment, albeit that it does not… Differential diagnosis of dementia   



Diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s Disease

A number of criteria-based approaches to the diagnosis of AD have been developed. The three most commonly used are:

  * International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10)
  * Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM IV)
  * National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke… Diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s Disease   



What is dementia?

fish consumption1 - risk of dementia12 - good sleep habits1 - impaired balance and coordination1 - amyloid imaging taskforce1 - mental decline2 - bladder troubles1 - overweight1 - tau protein1 - mental stimulation1 - brain disorder1 - clinical conclusions1 - progressive movement disorder2 - huntington's chorea1 - neu11 - reducing anxiety1 - computerized tomography1 - amyloid beta 42 peptide1 - parkinsons5 - thiamine deficiency4 - motoric cognitive risk syndrome1 - inheritable dominant disease1 - exposure to ddt1 - neurodegenerative disease9 - β-amyloid1 - ad diagnosing1 - ophthalmoplegia4 - α-synuclein protein2 - apoe genotype1 - language impairment1 -