Health Professional Guide to Memory Loss: Characteristics of Dementia

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Characteristics of dementia

3 main types :   

  • Neurodegenerative dementia :
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Lewy body dementias
    • Frontotemporal dementias
  • Vascular dementias
  • Mixed dementias


  • Refer to a specialist for complicated types
  • Refer to a memory clinic if multidisciplinary support is not available in your practice
  • Benefits of early detection include:
    • Patient’s active participation in decisions
    • Reduced cost
    • Optimal response to treatment of symptoms
    • Slowed or stopped progression of the disease/disorder

Next: Neurodegenerative Dementia


We are pleased to house this series of FAQs for health professionals, supervised by Cara Tannenbaum, from the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

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