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Dementia mnemonic: All you need to know

What is dementia?

Dementia is not a specific disease but is rather an umbrella term to describe a range of neurological conditions affecting the brain that get worse over time. It is the loss of ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Though dementia mostly affects older adults, it is not a part of normal aging.

Here are few mnemonics that will help you remember the important points:

Dementia mnemonic 7A’s

Anosognosia – Ignorance of the presence

Agnosia – Inability to recognize objects by using the senses

Aphasia – Loss of ability to speak or understand language

Apraxia – Inability to perform purposeful movements

Altered Perception Apathy – Misinterpretation of information from senses

Amnesia – Memory loss

This mnemonic will help you remember the Causes of Dementia (Reversible causes)

Another mnemonic: DEMENTIA


Emotional disorders, Environmental changes

Medications, metabolic


Eye and Ear dysfunction





Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia causes mnemonic: “VANISHED

Vascular Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus



Substance Abuse

Serum Abnormalities



Electrolyte Disturbances


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