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What is necessary for a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease beyond signs of dementia?

What is necessary for a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease beyond signs of dementia?

Test exam: A full exam by a qualified expert in the field; MRI or ct of the brain often done; lab work to r/o reversible causes; consideration of depression as a cause or contributing; a full review of medications; avoidance of alcohol; consider full neuropsychol testing as well. ...Read more

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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more


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What is required for a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease beyond the signs of dementia?

What is required for a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease beyond the signs of dementia?

Medical examination: It is important to exclude the possibility that the signs of dementia are caused by some reversible condition, e.g. Vitamin B12 deficiency, . ...Read more

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What's done for dementia/alzheimer's?

What's done for dementia/alzheimer's?

Support, patience: Alzheimer's is only one form of dementia. Some forms are reversible, but many are not. Some forms can be treated symptomatically, some cannot. But all demented people should have caring people, protection from inadvertent self-harm, attendance at medical visits, regular exercise within their capacity, nutritious meals, safe sleeping environment, mental stimulation, socialization (not large groups). ...Read more

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What causes dementia and alzheimer's?

What causes dementia and alzheimer's?

Amyloid...: Alzheimer's and some other dementias are related to buildup of beta amyloid plaques in the brain. Genetics often play a role as well. ...Read more

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

Yes to some degree: 60% of all pts with Alzheimer's Disease have first degree relative (often a parent) that had AD. There are genetic tests one called ApoE4 which can indicate you are low, medium or high risk in your life to develop this illness. I do not recommend such testing as there are no proven treatments that can slow or prevent Alzheimer's Disease from developing. Stay active mentally and physically! ...Read more

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How is alzheimer's and dementia diagnosed?

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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How are Alzheimer's and dementia different?

How are Alzheimer's and dementia different?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is one type of dementia. There are many other types of dementia. ...Read more

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Are dementia and alzheimer's the same thing?

No: Dementia can be defined as a progressive decline in cognitive function. Alzheimer's is a one of the causes of dementia. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to get Alzheimer's or dementia at 38?

Is it possible to get Alzheimer's or dementia at 38?

Dementia: Alzheimer's doesn't usually develop at 38. But rarely, dementing processes (not usually alzheimer's) can begin early. If you're concerned about your thinking and memory, please start by seeing your family physician. Full evaluation of your cognitive function can proceed as needed -- and a psychiatrist and/or neurologist would need to be involved also. ...Read more

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Is Lewy bodies dementia the same thing as alzheimers?

Is Lewy bodies dementia the same thing as alzheimers?

Different pathology: Neurodegenerative d/o featuring milder physical parkinsonism than parkinson's disease typically. (slowed movements, stiff/rigid muscles & posture, possibly resting tremor). But with early dementia, often with associated psychosis (visual hallucinations, delusional thoughts), excessive sleepiness, depression/anxiety/apathy, & rbd. Rbd = rem behavior d/o, causing acting-out of dreams in rem sleep. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

Same many times: Dementia is a syndrome with symptoms of memory loss and progressive decline in functioning. It is of many types, the most common type is alzheimer's dementia, cause here is unknown, the next common is multi infarct dementia usually seen in patients who have multiple strokes. ...Read more

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Can a high INR cause symptoms of dementia or alzheimers?

Can a high INR cause symptoms of dementia or alzheimers?

Inr: A high inr in of itself doesn't cause dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Whether it's due to taking anticoagulant like warfarin or because of liver disease, an elevated inr increases the tendency for bleeding,however. ...Read more

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What is the difference alzheimer's disease and dementia ?

What is the difference alzheimer's disease  and dementia ?

Difference: Think alzheimer's in terms of changes to brain structure. Think of dementia in terms of change of blood flow. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of Alzheimer's and dementia?

Alzheimer Stages: There are 7 stages; 1.Normal daily functions. 2.Minimal cognitive changes with lapses in memory. 3.Can't recall names, misplaces objects. 4.Forgets recent events or personal details, moody, socially withdrawn. 5.Disoriented to time or place. 6.Reduced awareness of surroundings. can't recognize close family, agitation at night (sundowning).incontinent, wanders. 7.Unresponsive, needs total care. ...Read more

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What do people with dementia or alzheimer's usually die of?

What do people with dementia or alzheimer's usually die of?

Pneumonia, often: People with dementia in very late stages often have difficulty with eating ; swallowing -- making them predisposed to aspirating food. This can result in aspiration pneumonia, which can kill them. Of course there are other types of infections and medical problems (like strokes, pulmonary emboli, heart attacks, etc) that can be deadly as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are alzheimer's and dementia different?

Slice of whole pie: Think of dementia as a whole pie or pizza. Alzheimer disease is the largest slice followed by vascular dementia. There are even smaller slices called Lewy body, frontotemporal dementia, etc. In other words, Alzheimer disease is a type of dementia. Check out http://www.alz.org/dementia/types-of-dementia.asp for more info. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more