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    How do amnesia and dementia differ?

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  • Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological … View Profile

    Amnesia is a severe disorder of memory. 

    Dementia is a gradually progressive impairment of two or more areas of thinking (eg memory, attention, language, spatial abilities etc) that is severe enough to affect a persons everyday living skills such as shopping, managing finances, cleaning, maintaining a job etc. 

    Amnesia can be a part of a dementia, especially in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia. However, a person may have dementia without having amnesia, for example in frontotemporal dementia. 

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