Dementia - Is It Truly Loss of Memory?
"He's losing his memory; he's suffering from dementia." You've heard this before, possibly many times (unless you've "forgotten" it). But is this statement true as worded, or is it a bit misleading?
I'm not here to answer the question, but to get the reader to question the answer. As a person increasingly suffers dementia, is he actually losing his memory? Or is he simply losing his ability to access it?
Think a moment. As we get older, most of us probably experience times when we want to think of a person, thing, or event well-known to us. But we hem and haw or sit and think or just plain wait until it suddenly "comes to us." We didn't lose that memory, but for some reason or other, we could not manage to access it.
Is this true for dementia -- is it a temporary lapse of availability -- or is the memory actually lost?
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