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Karen Perry: Dementia is not a disease

When a loved one begins demonstrating signs of forgetfulness, repetitive stories, wandering and other memory-related symptoms, physicians will often note the term “dementia” in their medical charting. It may be due to insurance and Medicare billing codes for reimbursement. In any case, the diagnosis does not identify the cause.Dementia is not a disease; rather it is a group of symptoms including memory loss, changes in language and skills, and disorientation. When someone exhibits these symptoms, it is essential to have a thorough medical evaluation to determine the cause. Some of the conditions can be treated and even cured. Examples include: …

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