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Some types of dementia can be treated (eg. if caused by a brain tumour, medication interactions or infections). For most people, dementia cannot be reversed. This resource includes answers to frequently asked questions about dementia.
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Alzheimer's, dementia , memory, confusion, delirium, brain, mild cognitive impairment, MCI, driving, safety, caregiver
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Rated on: 11/16/2016 3:12:32 PM
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