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

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.

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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Condition Specific Organizations

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

Articles from the PubMed Database

Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Dementia" returned 5210 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Day-to-Day Blood Pressure Variability and Risk of Dementia in a General Japanese Elderly Population: The Hisayama Study.
 

Author(s): Emi Oishi, Tomoyuki Ohara, Satoko Sakata, Masayo Fukuhara, Jun Hata, Daigo Yoshida, Mao Shibata, Toshio Ohtsubo, Takanari Kitazono, Yutaka Kiyohara, Toshiharu Ninomiya

Journal: Circulation. 2017 Aug;136(6):516-525.

 

Several observational studies have reported that higher visit-to-visit blood pressure variability is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia. However, no studies have investigated the association of day-to-day blood pressure variability assessed by home blood pressure ...

Last Updated: 8 Aug 2017

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Behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia: Distinct phenotypes with unique functional profiles.
 

Author(s): Claire M O'Connor, Ramon Landin-Romero, Lindy Clemson, Cassandra Kaizik, Naomi Daveson, John R Hodges, Sharpley Hsieh, Olivier Piguet, Eneida Mioshi

Journal: Neurology. 2017 Aug;89(6):570-577.

 

To identify distinct behavioral phenotypes of behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and to elucidate differences in functional, neuroimaging, and progression to residential care placement.

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2017

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Temporal trend in dementia incidence since 2002 and projections for prevalence in England and Wales to 2040: modelling study.
 

Author(s): Sara Ahmadi-Abhari, Maria Guzman-Castillo, Piotr Bandosz, Martin J Shipley, Graciela Muniz-Terrera, Archana Singh-Manoux, Mika Kivimäki, Andrew Steptoe, Simon Capewell, Martin O'Flaherty, Eric J Brunner

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Objective To forecast dementia prevalence with a dynamic modelling approach that integrates calendar trends in dementia incidence with those for mortality and cardiovascular disease.Design Modelling study.Setting General adult population of England and Wales.Participants The English ...

Last Updated: 6 Jul 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Dementia" returned 874 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies: Fourth consensus report of the DLB Consortium.
 

Author(s): Ian G McKeith, Bradley F Boeve, Dennis W Dickson, Glenda Halliday, John-Paul Taylor, Daniel Weintraub, Dag Aarsland, James Galvin, Johannes Attems, Clive G Ballard, Ashley Bayston, Thomas G Beach, Frédéric Blanc, Nicolaas Bohnen, Laura Bonanni, Jose Bras, Patrik Brundin, David Burn, Alice Chen-Plotkin, John E Duda, Omar El-Agnaf, Howard Feldman, Tanis J Ferman, Dominic Ffytche, Hiroshige Fujishiro, Douglas Galasko, Jennifer G Goldman, Stephen N Gomperts, Neill R Graff-Radford, Lawrence S Honig, Alex Iranzo, Kejal Kantarci, Daniel Kaufer, Walter Kukull, Virginia M Y Lee, James B Leverenz, Simon Lewis, Carol Lippa, Angela Lunde, Mario Masellis, Eliezer Masliah, Pamela McLean, Brit Mollenhauer, Thomas J Montine, Emilio Moreno, Etsuro Mori, Melissa Murray, John T O'Brien, Sotoshi Orimo, Ronald B Postuma, Shankar Ramaswamy, Owen A Ross, David P Salmon, Andrew Singleton, Angela Taylor, Alan Thomas, Pietro Tiraboschi, Jon B Toledo, John Q Trojanowski, Debby Tsuang, Zuzana Walker, Masahito Yamada, Kenji Kosaka

Journal: Neurology. 2017 Jul;89(1):88-100.

 

The Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) Consortium has refined its recommendations about the clinical and pathologic diagnosis of DLB, updating the previous report, which has been in widespread use for the last decade. The revised DLB consensus criteria now distinguish clearly between ...

Last Updated: 8 Jun 2017

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Down syndrome, increased risk of dementia and lipid disturbances.
 

Author(s): Anna Kłosowska, Agnieszka Ćwiklińska, Agnieszka Kuchta, Agata Berlińska, Maciej Jankowski, Jolanta Wierzba

Journal: Dev Period Med. ;21(1):69-73.

 

Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal aberration and genetically determined cause of intellectual disability. DS patients often present with some congenital defects and chronic diseases, including early onset dementia, which affects 70% of DS patients over 55 years of ...

Last Updated: 28 May 2017

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Frontotemporal dementia as a comorbidity to idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH): a short review of literature and an unusual case.
 

Author(s): V E Korhonen, E Solje, N M Suhonen, T Rauramaa, R Vanninen, A M Remes, V Leinonen

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Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) are neurodegenerative diseases that can present with similar symptoms. These include decline in executive functions, psychomotor slowness, and behavioural and personality changes. ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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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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Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017

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A Trial of the C-TraC Intervention for Dementia Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dementia

 

Last Updated: 2 May 2017

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