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A 36-year-old member asked:

is it possible to use power of attorney without permission from an elder who has dementia?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Legal matter: Consult your attorney. In order to get power of attorney in the first place the elder had to give you this voluntarily at some earlier time or have a judge grant it to you after a competency hearing. This would imply that you have permission from either the individual or the state as represented by the judge. It would be illegal for you to forge a power of attorney.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Depends: Poa adresses financial control; often an elder witll designate someone as their poa to assist with finances. Not to be confused with a health care proxy, someone who is deignated to make decisions for one if they can't for serious health decisions. If there is no poa, then a court appointed guardian may need tot determined for the safety of an elder.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
It depends: On whether the patient still has the capacity to make their own decisions. In general, geriatric psychiatrists do capacity evaluations, so perhaps it's time to make an appointment.

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Are there courses for learning how to care for a loved one with dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: There are groups and courses available through organizations such as the alzheimers foundation of america, the alzheimers association, the national institute of aging and many local government agencies are starting to get involved.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I reduce my risk of getting dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Probably: Right now, the only fairly good evidence for reducing risk of dementia is exercise for an otherwise healthy person. There is evidence that if you have health problems lke high blood pressure and diabetes and vigorously control them that this will reduce risk.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How do you treat/care for dementia?

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Individualize: The treatment of dementia is varied based on the type of the behavior the patient is presented, the availibility of primary caregiver, the level of cooperation, prior/current medications use, the currrent environmental setting and medical conditions. So there are many way to treat or to control symptoms for dementia and therefore it needs to be individualize.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for dementia? Is dementia reversible?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Short answer is no: Currently the major types of dementia: alzheimers disease, vascular, frontotemporal and lewy body are not preventable. Exercise has a protective effect against alzheimers though it likely delays it rather than prevents it altogether. All those things that are good for your heart are good for your brain: maintain a healthy diet and weight, exercise, manage high blood pressure, diabetes etc.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I have signs/symptoms of dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Seek evaluation: If you suspect that your brain is having major problems, seek an evaluation from a neurologist, psychiatrist or other health professional with experience in this area. There are conditions that can mimic dementia and early intervention may offer the best benefits.

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