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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network


Geriatrics and Extended Care

Dementia Care

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Dementia is a condition of the brain that affects as many as 4 million Americans. Memory loss is one of the first signs of dementia followed by changes in personality, behavior, thinking, and the ability to communicate clearly.

Dementia can affect younger age groups, but is most common in those persons who are age 65 years and older. Dementia is not a part of the normal aging process. Early diagnosis of dementia is important. A medical examination is necessary to identify what has caused the dementia. Some forms of dementia are reversible with appropriate medical attention. In other cases, a treatment plan can be developed that will help support the patient, family and caregivers.

10 Warning Signs of Early Dementia:
  • Recent memory loss that affects job skills
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Difficulty finding the right word when speaking
  • Difficulty remembering the date, or feeling lost
  • Loss of judgement
  • Misplacing things
  • Difficulty with abstract thinking
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of your "get-up-and-go"
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, you should contact VA or your physician for a complete medical examination. Early diagnosis and treatment allows patients and their family time to try treatment options, connect with support services, and make practical plans for the future.

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Services Available:
  • Early screening and testing
  • Medical care
  • Medications
  • Caregiver support
  • Education
  • Respite care
  • Long-term planning
  • Benefits counseling
  • Referral to community programs