According to the Alzheimer's Association there are 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia. This is an astonishing figure and it is estimated that by 2050, this number will rise to 16 million. While this is a frightening statistics, even if you or your loved one seem to be “forgetful” or exhibit the signs of a decline in cognition, don’t panic...yet.
Thanks to Dr. Maureen Elliott the mnemonic below, DEMENTIA, can assist your healthcare professional determine the most accurate diagnosis and to see if any of the signs presented are reversible. This is great tool to bring to your appointment.
D- Drug reactions/ interactions
E- Emotional Disorders
M- Metabolic and endocrine
E- Eyes and ears ( blindness, off equilibrium)
N- Nutritional deficits
I- Infection, pneumonia
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