Dementia: definitions and types
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Dementia: definitions and types

Tom Dening Professor of dementia research, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
Malarvizhi Babu Sandilyan Consultant in old age psychiatry, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Reading, England

This article is the first in a series of articles on dementia and is intended as an introduction to the condition, discussing how it is defined and the different types of disease. Subsequent articles will discuss how dementia affects the brain, the clinical features of dementia, its assessment and diagnosis, and the medical management and treatment of dementia. The series will then look in depth at how nursing care can maximise the quality of life of those affected by dementia and their families.

Nursing Standard. 29, 37, 37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.37.37.e9405


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Received: 02 March 2014

Accepted: 22 August 2014