Agnosia: Inability to Recognize Common Objects of People Agnosia takes place as the frontal, occipital and temporal lobes of the brain become damaged. Behaviors associated with this “A” mean the brain develops an inability to recognize and use common everyday objects. One example that illustrates the confusion between common objects is mistaking a toothbrush for…

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As you deal with dementia, you may hear your doctor or health professional use specific medical terms – amnesia, aphasia, agnosia, and apraxia – to describe the effects of the disease. These “A’s” are seen in all types of dementias, not just Alzheimer’s. Understanding the A’s and their associated behaviors is important. This knowledge will…

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~The Filing Cabinet~ Dementia takes a huge structural toll on the brain. For many persons this “toll” is two pounds or so of the original three pounds of brain tissue lost as dementia kills the brain cells and the body removes them as waste. As we work through what dementia is, sometimes it helps to…

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~Dementia vs Normal Aging~ One of the most common questions I am asked is how to tell the difference between dementia and normal aging, especially when we occasionally call our youngest child the name of our oldest one, can’t remember the telephone number we’ve had for 20 years when asked for it by a sales…

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Dementia is a slow progressing disease. When you think about your loved one, you should be seeing a decline in abilities that has occurred over a period of several years or months. If you only see your loved one over holidays, then you can almost count backwards from Thanksgiving events and see a steady loss…

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Persons with Dementia may become overwhelmed when faced with too many visual and auditory stimuli. Remember, the problem is not that they don’t sense what’s going on around them; the problem is with how the brain processes and translates what is being seen and heard. A healthy brain applies value to the stimuli input it…

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