Dementia in Later Life: Research and Action
Dementia is the acquired global impairment of higher cortical function including memory, the capacity to solve the problems of day-to-day living, the performance of learned perceptuo-motor skills, the correct use of social skills, all aspects of language and communication and control of emotional reactions, in the absence of gross clouding of consciousness. The condition is often progressive though not necessarily irreversible (College Committee on Geriatrics 1981).
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