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Aids Dementia Scale
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers