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Alcoholic Dementia Reversible
Will grandpa with alcoholic dementia eventually forget to drink, and solve his own drinking problem?
Possibly: Depending on the level, location, severity of the vascular lesions or cerebral insults, there is a possibility that some sxs will be reversed somewhat or improved; the brain can compensate at times for vascular insults; however, the key element is treating the underlying diseases such as hypertension and weight and removing high risk behaviors such as smoking. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
My mom has hashimotos encephalopathy and since two months ago, she's getting worse. Dementia is advancing fast. Can it be reversible? Life expectancy?
This can be treated: If your mother's encephalopathy is truly from hashimotos (autoimmune hypothyroidism), then it is reversible with treatment. She needs to see a doctor, be tested, and be treated immediately. Severe hashimotos can be life-threatening and is very easily treatable with thyroid replacement pills. If it does not seem to be improving, then there is probably something else going on that needs diagnosis. ...Read more
I gave my 89 year old father NyQuil yesterday and today he is very confused.
He has Parkinson's and mild dementia. Is this reversible?
Will get better: But, in the elderly with neurological diseases, they are very sensitive to medication side effects, and Nyquil can cause an anticholinergic reaction which makes this type of dementia temporarily worsen. Might contact your doctor to get a cholinesterase inhibitor such as Exelon (rivastigmine) patch, which would reverse much of this rapidly. ...Read more
Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Maybe: You are asking a generic question, but do not detail your symptoms or challenges. Suggest you find a psychiatrist, geriatric specialist, or psychologist to assess your cognitive and emotional state, and if it appears your intellect is compromised, an appropriate evaluation could proceed. ...Read more
Yes: Nutrition can impact development and expression of cognitive decline, especially if there are metabolic issues including high blood pressure and diabetes. Recent articles suggest that the presence of Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of development of dementia for young persons five times the average. Important that one follow dietary regimen and seek counsel for help. ...Read more
See below: It is a loss of mental function thay affects daily life. It involves memory loss, decreased activity and change of personality. Dementia is the broad term. Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia and lewy bodies dementia are the specific type of dementia along with at least 50 other specific type of dementia. ...Read more
Positive: It has become clear that pets regularly brought into environment of demented patients living in a home setting or a nursing home is very beneficial. They smile more, are less agitated, become more alert, talk more expressing more appropriate emotions and are less depressed. The overall efffect is very positive and therapeutic. ...Read more
Some can: A diagnosis of dementia may not mean that a person can no longer drive safely. In the early stages, some, though not all, may still possess skills necessary for safe driving. A comprehensive driving evaluation by a specially-trained occupational therapist can help determine whether or not they are safe to continue driving. Find one at: http://myaota.Aota.Org/driver_search/index.Aspx/index.Aspx. ...Read more
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
Way too broad: The range of dementia severity is from barely noticeable unless you knew the person before it began thru a vegetative state - almost a coma. Clearly the needs are different! what might be said is they could benefit from the care of an expertised geriatric neurologist. They need to have interventions designed for their individual status - neither too much nor too little. A better ?, a better reply. ...Read more
Depends on type: Dementia is an umbrella term for anything that causes disability related to cognition. There are many causes of dementia, including neurodegenerative diseases, strokes, and even infections. Neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., alzheimer's) usually start in adulthood. Strokes that cause dementia ("e.g., vascular dementia") also occur in adulthood. Infections can occur at any point. ...Read more
It is unclear: Whether dementia itself is becoming more common or we are just being better able to identify it symptoms. It is clear that it is more common as we age, and the population over age 85 has the highest percentage rate of dementia. Since this population is growing in size, it is likely that more cases of dementia will be identified. ...Read more
Residential options: People with most dementias deteriorate slowly and require progressivly more restrictve and safer environments. Some options include living with a relative who can provide reminders and transportation, transitioning to an assisted living facility or nursing care center, and finally there are specific dementia units available and nursing homes. You should look into each of these options carefully. ...Read more
Appears useful.: The Memtrax test is available at memtrax.com. The test appears to be useful. A discussion of the science behind the test can be found at https://memtrax.com/about-the-science-3/ ...Read more
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