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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Overview)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.


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I want to know what's the definition of dementia?

I want to know what's the definition of dementia?

Cognitive decline: Losses in mental functioning beyond normal aging - often short term memory may come first but other abilities may also be affected - planning, judgement, personality, temper, etc. There are several types with different profiles and they can progress fast, slowly or not at all. Alzheimer's, vascular (stroke), trauma, hiv/aids, lewey body are some very distinct types you might have heard of. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
1,475 Doctors shared insights

Dementia (Overview)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.


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How does dementia affect grandchildren?

How does dementia affect grandchildren?

It depends: Children are very affected by how the adults around them respond. They are likely to model your reactions and imitate you. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Nahm Dr. Nahm
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Dementia (Tip)

Family, friends and support groups are important components for people living with dementia. ...See more

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Living with Multi Infarct Dementia (Checklist)

Make sure to keep chair transfers close to bed
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Is developing inappropriate facial expressions a symptom of dementia?

Is developing inappropriate facial expressions a symptom of dementia?

Possibly...: If one has dementia, that could explain such symptoms; otherwise, emotional, neuropsychological and/or organic factors would need to be explored. ...Read more

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What are noncognitive symptoms of dementia?

What are noncognitive symptoms of dementia?

Behavior and dementi: Behavioral disturbances are frequently the most challenging manifestations of dementia and are exhibited in almost all people with dementia. Common behavioral disturbances can be grouped into four categories: mood disorders (e.g., depression, apathy, euphoria); sleep disorders (insomnia, hypersomnia, night-day reversal); psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations); and agitation. ...Read more

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Dementia (Tip)

Assuming they have some dementia don't be surprised if it gets worse in the evening. It's called sundowners. ...See more

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What are the first noticeable signs, symptoms of dementia?

What are the first noticeable signs, symptoms of dementia?

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. ...Read more

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How long does a person last after diagnosis with dementia?

It really depends: If one is diagnosed early on in the illness, it can be a long term chronic disease lasting 20 years. Most people are not diagnosed until they have moderate or even advanced disease so they live less than 10 years after diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Dementia (Tip)

Reach out for help (alzheimer's association). Sign off legal ; financial stuff as soon as possible. ...See more

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How do you diagnose dementia in down syndrome?

How do you diagnose dementia in down syndrome?

See below: Look for any change of personality, memory loss and loss of functional activity such as bathing, dressing. The new onset of dementia varies by age. For down's syndrome, it is best diagnose by looking at the clinical symptoms - behaviorally, functionally and cognitively - almost same way as someone diagnosis for alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Dementia (Tip)

Always keep to a schedule, so things will appear familiar, including exercise time, eating, sleeping. ...See more

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When cjd is such a rare disease, why would a doctor declare a cjd diagnosis without a biopsy? Father had seizures, false positive prion test, dementia

When cjd is such a rare disease, why would a doctor declare a cjd diagnosis without a biopsy? Father had seizures, false positive prion test, dementia

What is a diagnosis: There is a difference between a confirmed diagnosis and a clinical diagnosis. Sometimes a clinical diagnosis is made, without confirmation. For many illnesses, there is no confirmatory test. Most people determine CJD with spinal fluid testing, a biopsy, or autopsy. ...Read more

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What are the tests that indicate dementia?

What are the tests that indicate dementia?

Step by step: Good diagnosis starts with history and medical exams by your doctor or neurologist. If general medical is fine, usually neurologic exam and tests are geared toward ruling and diagnosis treatable forms of dementia. Early stages may not be evident on medical tests, and neuropsychological testing can play an important role in early diagnosis, treatment and differential with depression. ...Read more

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Dementia (Tip)

Enjoy your life and get your caregiver to be involved in an Alzheimer's support group. ...See more

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How do you know if you have dementia?

You don't!: There are many things that can cause memory problems! stress is one of the most common. If you have concerns, do not try to diagnose yourself! Make an appointment with your family doc and if medically cleared, see a geriatric psychiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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What causes dementia and its symptoms?

What causes dementia and its symptoms?

Damage to the brain: Dementia is a general term for a number of different types of illnesses each of which affect important brain functions. The symptoms a person has depend on the areas of the brain affected. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Dementia (Tip)

Make sure to have a medic alert bracelet on with the person's name and allergies. ...See more

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Can elevated hs-crp mean dementia?

Can elevated hs-crp mean dementia?

Hs-crp: The test is non-specific and is done to look for inflammation. The hs (high-sensitivity) part is done to look for coronary artery disease as well. Best wishes. By the way, the connection between hs-crp and coronary artery disease is still not well understood. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do myself to treat dementia?

Are there things I can do myself to treat dementia?

Following Directions: What a patient with dementia can do for themselves varies depending upon the type of dementia. For all dementias, you want to first and foremost follow the recommendations of your physician. These may include taking medications, managing medical problems, special diets, exercise programs, and attending support groups. This will not cure dementia, but can significantly alter its progression. ...Read more

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Dementia (Tip)

Herbal supplements can interfere with prescribed medications; if you use them tell your doctor. ...See more

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How do you treat/care for dementia?

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. ...Read more

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How is dementia treated? Why is early diagnosis important?

Dementia care: Dementia is treated by supportive care mainly. Medicines may help decrease progression of the disease, but dementia being degenerative disease it will progress over time. Earlier diagnosis is the key to create better treatment plan and education of care taker so that most of our seniors with dementia can stay in community and not in long term nursing homes. 36 hr day is a great book to read. ...Read more

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Dementia (Tip)

The key issue is to prevent additional strokes, and in most cases, use effective anti-platelet drug. ...See more

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How effective are antipsychotic medications in treating mild dementia?

Psychosis: Antipsychotic medications help with paranoia, hallucinations and delusions not with dementia itself. ...Read more

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Is there an effective medication or other treatment for dementia?

No: The medication used to treat dementia slow the progress but do not reverse the process. ...Read more

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Dementia (Tip)

Get help caring for the person, especially as the disease progresses. ...See more

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What are good treatments for dementia?

What are good treatments for dementia?

Not much, but: Medical foods might be useful, like cerefolin-nac, for early cognitive loss, or axona, a substitute fuel to help think better. The cholinesterase inhibitors seem a modest benefit, but seem to work better if used in combination with namenda, (memantine) and of course, a warm, supportive, organized environment with loving attention seems to keep issues under control. ...Read more

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