Is your loved one suffering from dementia or is it just normal ageing? The following table outlines the difference between the two.
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|Memory deficits not significant.
||Memory deficits significant.
|Tasks of daily living activity mostly intact (limited deterioration).
||Tasks of daily living become problematic and function is impaired.
Deterioration initially gradually later markedly noticeable.
|No specific microscopic changes in brain tissue.
||Specific microscopic changes, i.e. neurofibrillary tangles, amyloid
|Personality mostly unchanged.
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