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Thursday, October 12, 2017

LBD Phrase for 10-12: Abstract Thinking

Thinking comes in two forms: we start out with concrete thinking and gradually develop abstract thinking.
Abstract thinking is for reasoning and developing concepts. It is what a person uses when they:
  • Accept their care partner's explanation that the little men they see are hallucinations.
  • Realize that what they first thought was fire is just a flash of light.
  • Make a decision based on information from an outside source, such as a book or other person.
  • Tell time, do finances or organize a party.
  • Understand the punchline of a joke.
As the ability to think abstractly fades, concrete thinking remains. That's tomorrow's phrase.

For more information about Lewy body disorders, read our books:
A Caregivers’ Guide to Lewy Body Dementia
Managing Cognitive Issues in Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia

Helen and James Whitworth are not doctors, lawyers or social workers. As informed caregivers, they share the information here for educational purposes only. It should never be used instead of a professional's advice.

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