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what are the long-term complications of dementia?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Death: Dementia is a progressive non curable disease ( most cases) where brain function deteriorates including recent memory, orientation, capacity to take care of ourselves, capacity of rationalization, inability to be responsible, inability to make simple mental mathematics, insight about the disease, even speech and mobility change. There is degeneration and atrophy of the brain.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 34 years experience
Dependent all ADLs: End stage dementia is characterized by needing assistance with all activities of daily living including eating, toiletting, etc. End of life in dementia is caused by an inability to swallow and immobility and the complications arising from these things - pneumonia, urinary tract infection, bed sores, dehydration and many other possible syndromes.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Progressive: Dementia generally is a fatal progressive illness.

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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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