More than three million cases of dementia are diagnosed in the United States every year. Sadly, there is still no cure in sight. However, many treatments can improve a patient's quality of life, such as medication and therapy, slowing the progression of the disease, while not reversing it. Although it is often confused with Alzheimer's disease, dementia has a unique set of symptoms.
Many patients with dementia may experience problems with all types of memory loss. The most common symptom is short-term memory loss. Someone with this type of memory impairment may have difficulty recalling something that took place hours or even minutes ago. However, they may remember something that happened twenty years ago. Some patients and their loved ones attribute this symptom to stress or having a lot on their minds. However, this is one of the most prominent early warning signs of dementia.
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