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Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Sundowning: Can be a symptom of dementia of any kind when combined with physical problems such as hearing and vision loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Justin ORourke
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Aids Dementia (Definition)

Referred to as aids dementia complex (also encephalopathy, neurocongnitive disorder). It is thought to be caused my activation and inflammation of the macrophage-monocyte system as well as microglia. Neurotoxins are secreted and cause widespread damage. Damaging speech changes occur along with degeneration motor neurons and most ...Read more


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Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Eventually, yes: Lbd is not the same as alzheimers. However, there also is no cure, and it is progressive - either slow or rapid. So, it is terminal but an average life expectancy after DX is 5-7 yrs. The worst of it is that the symptoms are quite difficult to manage and few families can avoid residential care. Here's a link: http://www.Lbda.Org/content/role-palliative-and-hospice-care-in-lbd. Hope you find help! ...Read more

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Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Memory deficits: There is a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is deficient with aging, and that causes deficits in cognitive functions. ...Read more

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Does acetyl-l-carnitine prevents alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Does acetyl-l-carnitine prevents alzheimer's disease and dementia?

No: There is no definitie evidence that anything can prevent alzheimers disease. There is suggestive evidence that exercise and treating high blood pressure and diabetes can decrease the risk of it. ...Read more

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Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

They are the same: It used to be thought that alzheimers only happened to young people-what we now call early onset alzheimers dementia. It was also thought that getting senile happened to all older adults. We now know senility and dementia are not normal aging. ...Read more

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Donepezil effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Donepezil  effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Helpful in LBD: I routinely use donepezil effectively in my lewy body disease patients. Although only 40-50% of them actually have cognitive improvements in the here & now, but we suspect it slows the progression of cognitive deterioration anecdotally. Can't comment on personal experience with vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Neurodegenerative disease (alzeihmer) or dementia or depression in my grandparent?

Without knowing : Your grandparent, i can't say. All dementias are neurodegenerative illnesses in one way or another. And, yes, depression in older patients can present with memory problems. Have your grandparent evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist to help you figure this out. ...Read more

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How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

Square vs. Rectangle: Dementia is a term for a group of disorders that are characterized by degeneration of certain parts of the brain and cause problems with thinking, comprehension, language and various other cognitive abilities. Alzheimer's dementia is one kind of dementia. Just as all squares are rectangles, but the not all rectangles are squares, alzheimer's is a kind of dementia, but the reverse is not true. ...Read more

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How is alzheimer's and dementia diagnosed?

Alzheimer, Dementia: Mental status examination including memory impairment, disorientation to time , place, and person, decline in intellectual functioning and impairment of attention and concentration helps in diagnosis of alzheimer, and dementia. At times blood tests and ct scan of brain help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I need more detials of Lewy body dementia?

I need more detials of Lewy body dementia?

The essentials: Lewey body dementia is defined by three things, visual hallucinations in the absence of othr drugs, psych diagnoses and parkinson's disease, memory loss and perodic confusion, you can have parkinson symptoms but dont have to. You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex. ...Read more

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Is there any programs aimed at elders to rehabilitate dementia, Alzheimer's etc?

Is there any programs aimed at elders to rehabilitate dementia, Alzheimer's etc?

Few: There are some programs that claim that they can improve cognitive function of persons with dementia but they have not been proven to be effective. ...Read more

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Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Is Aricept (donepezil) as affective in advanced stages alzhimers?

Possibly less: I would first ask if Alzheimer's (DAT) is the correct diagnosis. DAT is not always the correct diagnosis in cases of neurocognitive disorders (dementia). Other conditions also cause trouble with memory and thinking in advanced age and are often missed. If DAT is the correct diagnosis, Aricept (donepezil) helps slow the functional decline but not the actual disease process. New medicines are in development. ...Read more

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Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Seems to be: As it increases acetylcholine in the brain and that can improve attention deficits and cognitive fluctuations. ...Read more

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How is alzeimers different from dementia?

How is alzeimers different from dementia?

Dementia is general: Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia. ...Read more

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Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read more

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In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

Strokes in VaD: Alzheimer's and vascular dementia (VAD) frequently co-exist. The main evidence for VAD is based on clinical or radiological evidence for stroke. ...Read more

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I have moderate hearing loss w/bi lat. hearing aides. Which is better: learning sign language w/no hearing aides, or hearing aides w/no sign language?

I have moderate hearing loss w/bi lat. hearing aides. Which is better: learning sign language w/no hearing aides, or hearing aides w/no sign language?

My vote is for...: Hearing aids with no sign language is better than sign language with no hearing aids. With hearing aids, one can hear broadcasts, such as music or voice, and one can hear what other people say (because the vast majority of people don't know how to express themselves using sign language). Also, with hearing aids, one can hear sounds from machines (like cars) and from animals (such as barking). ...Read more

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Rapidly progressive dementia, prognosis in elderly, 83?

Rapidly progressive dementia, prognosis in elderly, 83?

Undetermined: Dementia is a progressive disease. At this point in time medication can only slow it down, not stop it. If you are asking if the dementia will continue, it probably will at the same rate. ...Read more

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Are senile dementia and alzheimer's nearly the same disease?

Controversial: For some drs. They are the same. Some neurologists make a difference based on the age of presentation ( the older most likely "senile" ) and probably other features. The term alzheimer's is reserved for most insidious earlier onset. For a detailed discussion... .http://www.alzinfo.org/08/about-alzheimers/senile-dementia. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Aids (Definition)

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the final stage of HIV, which causes intense damage to the immune system. It is associated with a low CD4 lymphocytes count and clinical signs of immune dysfunction. Specifically, AIDS begins when the CD4 cell ...Read more


Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

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 ...Read more