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Living with Dementia


Dementia: general aspects - Terms

Up to the 1700s, states of cognitive and behavioural deterioration of whatever origin ending up in psychosocial incompetence were called amentia, dementia, imbecility, morosis, fatuitas, anoea, foolishness, stupidity, simplicity, carus, idiocy, dotage and senility. In Roman times, the word ‘dementia’ was also used to mean ‘being out of one’s mind, insanity, madness, folly’ (Lewis… Dementia: general aspects - Terms   

Behaviours redolent of current dementia during this period

In the literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (and indeed of earlier periods), it is possible to recognize behaviours that nowadays we may wish to refer as dementia being reported under different rubrics. For example, in relation to ‘Stupidity or Foolishness’, Thomas Willis (1684) wrote:

although it chiefly belongs to the rational… Behaviours redolent of current dementia during this period   

Alzheimer’s Disease

neuropsychological tests1 - aβ421 - vision1 - quit smoking1 - sleep loss1 - dysarthria1 - dopamine deficiency1 - phosphorylated alpha-synuclein1 - aripiprazole1 - brain insulin1 - memory skills1 - restlessness1 - myxoedema1 - amyloid β1 - reducing anxiety1 - methamphetamine1 - cognitive dysfunction4 - health and wellness1 - behavioral signs1 - blood sugar3 - amyloid β1 - urinary incontinence2 - brain damage2 - mini-strokes2 - changes in mood1 - degenerative brain disease1 - fischer1 - slower overall movement1 - memory robbing disease1 - misplacing things1 -