Dementia B (BIO103E) - Tyler Evans Norris BIO103E 7 March...

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Tyler Evans Norris BIO103E 7 March 2007 Dementia What exactly is Dementia? One would most likely make the generality that it’s a condition that old people get. Well that’s true, but there is definitely more to it. “Dementia is caused by the destruction of brain cells. A head injury, a stroke, a brain tumor or a problem like Alzheimer's disease can damage brain cells. Some people have a family history of dementia.” (familydoctor.org) Take a moment to ask yourself how your fears change as you age and what you believe you will fear most, as you become a septuagenarian or octogenarian. Almost instantly one will come up with death or decline of motor functions. One should not be surprised if they notice that Dementia falls into the category of decline of motor functions. Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines dementia as a usually progressive condition (as Alzheimer’s disease) marked by deteriorated cognitive functioning often with emotional apathy. As defined above, Dementia is a decline in reasoning, memory and other mental abilities. This decline can also be called a deterioration of the cognitive functions. This decline eventually impairs the ability to carry out everyday activities such as driving, household chores and even personal care such as bathing, dressing, and feeding.
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