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Are there types of dementia that would allow you to name your children yet not recognize who they are?
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question. A type of Dementia that would cause your mother's symptoms is Alzheimer's in which one of the symptoms is knowing a person's name yet not be able to recognize who the person is. They may greet the person as they always did in life but not be able to recall their name. Or they can remember names but not know which person matches what name. They can also get people confused. They might know who the person is but not remember what role they played in their life. The different types of dementia/Alzheimer's, if broken down, are usually related more to the onset and origin of the disease rather than categorizing the symptoms. The types of dementia/Alzheimer's are: Early on set Late on set Familial type- the type that is inherited Not being able to recall someone's name or recalling names without knowing the person is usually considered Alzheimer's, a type of dementia. Here are some resources to help you: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-disease-symptoms-types http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=200362 http://www.helpguide.org/elder/alzheimers_dementias_types.htm I hope this has helped you, Kate