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a) Affects one in three people over the age
of 65 years.
b) Is not a normal part of aging.
c) Is characterised by sudden onset
profound memory impairment.
d) Is easily detected by a blood test.
e) Is an acute confusional state affecting
people over the age of 65 years.
2. Symptoms similar to dementia can
be caused by:
c) Nutritional deficiencies or medication
e) All of the above
3. Dementia with Lewy bodies:
a) Occurs more commonly in patients with
hypertension and diabetes.
b) Is characterised by sudden onset
c) Is the rarest type of dementia.
d) Is marked by fluctuating alertness and
attention, hallucinations and falls.
e) Is associated with distinctive changes in
the brain tissue in the form of ‘tangles
4. Early detection of dementia:
a) Causes unnecessary anxiety and denial.
b) Is unlikely to be helpful due to the
irreversible nature of the disease.
c) Assists patients and families to receive
timely practical information and
d) Is managed well in the primary care
e) Can be facilitated by routine blood tests
5. Common early warning signs of
a) Intermittent improvements in
b) Orientation in time and place.
c) Acute confusional state.
d) Problems with language and memory
loss that affects day-to-day function.
e) Impulsive behaviour.
Where can I find support
Alzheimer’s Australia offers a range
of information, practical advice and
support services for dementia. Free help
sheets are available to assist customers
seeking information about memory
problems or other dementia-related
concerns. Other resources and support
services that are available include:
• Alzheimer’s Australia Detect Early
• Alzheimer’s Australia Worried About
Your Memory? Brochure with the
Memory Concerns Checklist at: www.
• Alzheimer’s Australia’s Your Brain
Matters risk reduction program at:
• Alzheimer’s Australia. Fact sheet:
Memory changes at: www.
• Alzheimer’s Australia. Fact sheet:
Changed behaviour at: www.
Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for
people with dementia and their families
and carers. As the peak body, it provides
advocacy, support services, education
The National Dementia Helpline:
1800 100 500 (The National Dementia
Helpline is an Australian Government
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