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What is senile dementia? A: Senile dementia is a term used to refer to dementia in people 65 and olderprimarily dementias caused by progressive, degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. In fact, some people still refer to Alzheimer's as senile dementia. The term senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type is used for older individuals who have Alzheimer's-like symptoms but whose disease has not been diagnosed with certainty. Traditionally, the term senile dementia was used to distinguish older Alzheimer's victims from those whose disease occurred earlier in life.

AIDS causes dementia in approximately one-third of the people it infects. Q: What type of dementia symptoms do people with AIDS experience? A: People with AIDS dementia complex may experience a variety of symptoms. Early signs of the complex, which can occur at different times throughout the course of AIDS, include memory loss and difficulty concentrating. In later stages, confusion, distraction, delayed verbal responses, social withdrawal and clumsiness may become apparent. Q: Do experts have any idea how HIV attacks the brain?

This greatly increases their chances of experiencing adverse drug reactions and interactions. To begin with, the drugs may be incompatible with each other or with any over-the-counter medications being taken. In addition, it is possible to confuse the various drugs for one another and take them incorrectly. And the elderly are also susceptible to the standard drug reactionslike allergies and side effectsthat plague everyone else, so taking multiple medications increases their chances of having reactions.

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