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How can dementia lead to memory loss?

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Dementia is the name for progressive loss of memory and other aspects of thinking that are severe enough to interfere with the ability to function in daily activities. Although there are many causes of dementia -- including blood vessel disease, drug or alcohol abuse, or other causes of damage to the brain -- the most common and familiar is Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a progressive loss of brain cells and other irregularities of the brain.

From: Memory Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Baxendale, S. , December 2004. British Medical Journal

FDA: "Coping with Memory Loss."

University of Buffalo The State University of New York: "How to keep and improve memory."

KidsHealth: "Memory Matters."

WomensHealth.gov: "Stroke Fact Sheet."

University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "The Blood Supply of the Brain."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Medications for Memory Loss."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 9, 2017

SOURCES:

Baxendale, S. , December 2004. British Medical Journal

FDA: "Coping with Memory Loss."

University of Buffalo The State University of New York: "How to keep and improve memory."

KidsHealth: "Memory Matters."

WomensHealth.gov: "Stroke Fact Sheet."

University of Washington Neuroscience for Kids: "The Blood Supply of the Brain."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Medications for Memory Loss."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 9, 2017

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