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what are the first noticeable signs, symptoms of dementia?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
See below: Forgetfulness with related confabulations; these are verbal statements and/or actions that inaccurately describe history, background, and present situations. Such “honest lying” is distinct from lying because there is typically no intent to deceive and the individual is unaware that their information is false; disorientation to place and time, difficulty making small decisions.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Memory problems: Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia. First there is trouble forming a memory and ultimately an inability to form a new memory. Word finding problems and trouble paying bills, driving safely, and making decisions follows. Frontotemporal lobe dementia often presents with personality change or trouble with using language. Lewy body dementia presents with visual hallucinations.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
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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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me first noticeable signs and symptoms of dementia?

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Dr. Mohamed Al-Dabbas
Specializes in Psychiatry
Cognitive abili loss: Dementia is not merely a problem of memory. It reduces the ability to learn, reason, retain or recall past experience and there is also loss of patterns of thoughts, feelings and activities. Additional mental and behavioral problems often affect people who have dementia, and may influence quality of life, caregivers, and the need for institutionalization.

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