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are lost car keys a sign of dementia?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not necessarily: Trouble forming a new memory, getting lost in familiar places and word finding problems are the most common signs of alzheimers. To diagnose dementia one needs to look for multiple symptoms i n different parts of the brain that are affecting functioning.
Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Maybe: Everybody loses their car keys or forgets a name or can't remember what they did yesterday.... Some times. Some people habitually lose things, forget things, or space out, but that's just who they are. Dementia is persistent loss in cognitive ability or function. What was the question, again?
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Signs of dementia: No- losing our car keys is not a sign of dementia. This is a very common problem. No one would suspect dementia based on this symptom. Signs of dementia include difficulty with memory, language, drawing, calculations, planning, making lists and completing complex tasks. A good example is forgetting to care for personal hygeine, clean your home or shop for food for may days.

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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.
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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