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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
senile dementia
▪ Mr Allsopp was known to suffer from senile dementia and was often seen walking in the area.
▪ In this sense the world would be a better place without mental retardation, madness, and senile dementia.
▪ I've heard there's a link between this condition and senile dementia.
▪ The main gap was in provision for elderly people with senile dementia and for the new long-stay population.
▪ Most studies have investigated senile dementia in relatively small populations.
▪ He is suffering from senile dementia: the deterioration of a super brain.
▪ Alzheimer's Disease was now widely known and recognised as an incurable form of senile dementia.
▪ Maybe he was suffering from premature senile dementia?
▪ A warden can perhaps cope with one or two dementia sufferers.
▪ From a medical practitioner familiar with the dementia sufferer.
▪ Geriatric day hospitals, despite having a considerable minority of dementia sufferers have not in general tackled the issue of integration.
▪ Table 4.1 shows where the dementia sufferers were living six months and 12 months after referral to the psychogeriatric service.
▪ Each source contributed to the attempt to understand what dementia sufferers needed in order to help them stay at home.
▪ The costs may be particularly worrying for dementia sufferers.
▪ It is interesting that half the carers said they would like to see the dementia sufferer in residential care.
▪ Table 6.1 makes no distinction between different types of dementia sufferer.
▪ Mr Allsopp was known to suffer from senile dementia and was often seen walking in the area.
▪ Mrs Lenihan, who suffers from dementia is now said to be comfortable in hospital in Oxford.
▪ It had apparently been hoped that the numbers of long-term patients suffering from dementia would diminish with the rundown of the asylums.
▪ As many as 20 percent of people over 80 may be suffering from dementia, but no accurate figures are available.
▪ He suffered from dementia and schizophrenia.
▪ He is suffering from senile dementia: the deterioration of a super brain.
▪ Maybe he was suffering from premature senile dementia?
▪ However, dementia is seen as being specific to the elderly age groups.
▪ Interestingly, the dementia from this disease has different characteristics than the symptoms of Alzheimer's.
▪ Specialist, separate services for dementia sufferers v Negative segregation, that is, the refusal to accept dementing people into a service.
▪ Subjects - All patients with onset of dementia aged 40-64.
▪ The admission of a tenant already showing signs of dementia requires very careful consideration in the individual case.
▪ The vast majority, 95 percent, of deaths certified as due to dementia were among those aged 65 +.
▪ This is especially so when a diagnosis of dementia blinds works to remaining skills.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dementia \De*men"ti*a\, n. [L., fr. demens. See Dement.] Insanity; madness; esp. that form which consists in weakness or total loss of thought and reason; mental imbecility; idiocy.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1806, from Latin dementia "madness, insanity," literally "a being out of one's mind," from dement-, stem of demens "mad, raving" (see dement) + abstract noun suffix -ia. It existed earlier in an anglicized form, demency (1520s), from French démence. Dementia praecox is a Modern Latin form recorded from 1899 in English, 1891 in German, from French démence précoce (1857). See precocious.\n


n. (context pathology English) A progressive decline in cognitive function due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging. Areas particularly affected include memory, attention, judgement, language and problem solving.


n. mental deterioration of organic or functional origin [syn: dementedness]

Dementia (disambiguation)

Dementia is a cognitive disorder.

Dementia may also refer to:

  • Dementia (1955 film), a low-budget horror film made in 1953 and released in 1955
  • Dementia (2014 film), a 2014 Filipino horror film
  • Dementia (journal), an academic journal established in 2002 covering research on the disorder
  • Dementia, one of the two kingdoms in the 2007 role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
  • "Dementia," a song by Owl City from the 2012 album The Midsummer Station
Dementia (1955 film)

Dementia (also known in a slightly altered version as Daughter of Horror) is an American film by John Parker, incorporating elements of the horror film, film noir and expressionist film.

Dementia (journal)

Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal that covers research in the field of geriatrics. Its editors-in-chief are John Keady ( University of Manchester) and Phyllis Braudy Harris ( John Carroll University). It was established in 2002 and is currently published by Sage Publications.

Dementia (2014 film)

Dementia is a 2014 Filipino horror film directed by Perci Intalan, in his directorial debut. The film stars Nora Aunor as Mara, a woman faced with dementia and strange occurrences in her ancestral home. The film was shown on 24 September 2014, released under Regal Films.


Dementia, also known as senility, is a broad category of brain diseases that cause a long term and often gradual decrease in the ability to think and remember that is great enough to affect a person's daily functioning. Other common symptoms include emotional problems, problems with language, and a decrease in motivation. A person's consciousness is usually not affected. A dementia diagnosis requires a change from a person's usual mental functioning and a greater decline than one would expect due to aging. These diseases also have a significant effect on a person's caregivers.

The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, which makes up 50% to 70% of cases. Other common types include vascular dementia (25%), Lewy body dementia (15%), and frontotemporal dementia. Less common causes include normal pressure hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, syphilis, and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease among others. More than one type of dementia may exist in the same person. A small proportion of cases run in families. In the DSM-5, dementia was reclassified as a neurocognitive disorder, with various degrees of severity. Diagnosis is usually based on history of the illness and cognitive testing with medical imaging and blood work used to rule out other possible causes. The mini mental state examination is one commonly used cognitive test. Efforts to prevent dementia include trying to decrease risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and obesity. Screening the general population for the disorder is not recommended.

There is no cure for dementia. Cholinesterase inhibitors such as donepezil are often used and may be beneficial in mild to moderate disorder. Overall benefit, however, may be minor. For people with dementia and those who care for them many measures can improve their lives. Cognitive and behavioral interventions may be appropriate. Educating and providing emotional support to the caregiver is important. Exercise programs are beneficial with respect to activities of daily living and potentially improve outcomes. Treatment of behavioral problems with antipsychotics is common but not usually recommended due to the little benefit and side effects, including an increased risk of death.

Globally, dementia affects 36 million people. About 10% of people develop the disorder at some point in their lives. It becomes more common with age. About 3% of people between the ages of 65–74 have dementia, 19% between 75 and 84 and nearly half of those over 85 years of age. In 2013 dementia resulted in about 1.7 million deaths up from 0.8 million in 1990. As more people are living longer, dementia is becoming more common in the population as a whole. For people of a specific age, however, it may be becoming less frequent, at least in the developed world, due to a decrease in risk factors. It is one of the most common causes of disability among the old. It is believed to result in economic costs of 604 billion USD a year. People with dementia are often physically or chemically restrained to a greater degree than necessary, raising issues of human rights. Social stigma against those affected is common.

Usage examples of "dementia".

Glancing back at the rest of the Elite Eight, Balthor could see they had finished off most of the dementia panthers and that Joha and Brue were rushing to help Tybiel.

Again, at the inn in a little mountain village, where we stopped for the night, mother, father, and every person in the house, to the number of nine, above the age of childhood was either goitrous or cretinous, dull of intelligence, mentally verging upon dementia in three cases, in two of which physical growth had been arrested at childhood.

And if the dementia becomes stronger or more persistent, the shock of an imaginary incident could actually cause Kes to die.

He could go into irreversible dementia and take the captain and Kes with him.

These wards were filled with derelicts: old women with dementia, impecunious veterans down on their luck, noseless men with tertiary syphilis and the like.

She was as scarred and scabrous as the guards outside, but the mad tumble of her eyes told of her profession: dementia summoner.

There were a dozen ways to reach dementia space, and Skellum explained them all in detail.

There were too many opponents for Skellum to find the footing he needed to go into dementia space, and having Fulla as a partner further distracted him.

FDG Positron Emission Tomography and other neuroimaging devices for suspected dementia.

However, while one focuses the attention on an unchanging object, there is the possibility of dementia setting in if one allows the potency of attentional vividness to wane.

At that time, if one does not continue striving to enhance the power of attentional vividness, one may fall into a complacent, pseudo-meditative trance, which may result in dementia.

At least the pandemic before throughout the Middle Ages were of folks spared dementia.

The unassociated waves of unrehearsed madmen, little children incensed with fury, a dementia, their parents disassociated with all normal social significance, forgetting and blanking out reason and sanity.

Given the stress of the dementia work-up, every organ system crumpled: in a domino progression the injection of radioactive dye for her brain scan shut down her kidneys, and the dye study of her kidneys overloaded her heart, and the medication for her heart made her vomit, which altered her electrolyte balance in a life-threatening way, which increased her dementia and shut down her bowel, which made her eligible for the bowel run, the cleanout for which dehydrated her and really shut down her tormented kidneys, which led to infection, the need for dialysis, and big-time complications of these big-time diseases.

FDG Positron Emission Tomography and other neuroimaging devices for suspected dementia.