How Is Dementia Diagnosed?

Dr. Dean Foti, MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurologist, discusses how dementia is diagnosed.

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Dr. Dean Foti, MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurologist, discusses how dementia is diagnosed.
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Featuring Dr. Dean Foti, MD, FRCPC, Behavioural Neurologist
Duration: 1 minute, 49 seconds

Presenter: Dr. Dean Foti, Neurologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Neurologist

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Quiz: Do You Understand Dementia?

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1

Dementia isn’t just one condition.

Explanation:

Dementia isn’t just one condition - it’s a term that refers to symptoms that cause a decline in mental ability that interferes with daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.

2

Alzheimer's disease is not a type of dementia.

Explanation:

In addition to Alzheimer's, some of the other things that can cause dementia include previous or new brain infections, a bad head injury, stroke or multiple sclerosis. There are some treatable conditions that can produce similar symptoms to dementia, such as thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, mental illness or sleep disorders.

3

Visual perception is a core mental function that can be impaired by dementia.

Explanation:

To have dementia, at least two of these core mental functions must be significantly impaired: memory, visual perception, reasoning and judgment, ability to focus or problem-solve and language and communication.

4

There is one test that can diagnose dementia.

Explanation:

There isn’t one test to diagnose dementia. A physician will usually do a physical examination, ask health history questions, test memory and recommend a blood test, MRI or CT scan. He or she will probably double check symptoms and answers with a loved one as well.

5

There is no cure for dementia.

Explanation:

Dementia treatment may include medications to slow progression, but they’re not a cure. Counselling, family support and social programs can help people and their loved ones deal with dementia.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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