06 Mar '11, 3pm

Dementia not just about memory loss

Dementia not just about memory loss

The disease remains a major cause of dementia, affecting about two-thirds of those aged above 65. But in the last three years, the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) has seen about 50 patients with frontal lobe dementia, which was almost unheard of in Singapore five years ago, said neurologist Nagaendran Kandiah. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW MEMORY loss is no longer being viewed by doctors as the only sign of dementia. Difficulties in performing simple tasks like eating and problems in language skills such as writing are also emerging as key signs of the condition. The eating problems are brought about by small strokes in the brain while the language issue is caused by degeneration of its frontal lobe. This contrasts with the notion that dementia is mainly characterised by memory loss caused by Alzheimer's. The disease remains a major cause of dementia, affecting about t...

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