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Alzheimer S Vs Senility
No: Alzheimer's is one type of dementia-causing pathology. Other causes are head injury, vascular problems/stroke, tiny pathogens (pick's disease, for one), parkinson's, huntington's, extensive drug/alcohol abuse, and more. 'senility' is now a non-standard term that refers generally to dementia or less severe age-related cognitive decline. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good question: Dementia is a general term to indicate loss of cognitive function due to a progressive disorder, and includes many diseases, including alzheimer's which is the most common cause of dementia. Senility supposedly refers to cognitive changes of aging, but is a corrupt term, as 50% of the elderly have relatively normal intellect by the age of 85. ...Read more
Can a blow to the back of the head from a fall be the cause of senility, is there some way to prevent?
MCI: Mild cognitive impairment is the first sign of dementia. This means trouble remembering things you used to, or trouble managing things you used to be able to do (e.g. Planning thanksgiving dinner). It isn't very specific-- illness or stress can also cause the same problems-- but mild cognitive impairment can lead to dementia including alzheimer's disease. Consider a checkup for early treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They are different: The first symptoms of alzheimer's disease you may notice are increasing forgetfulness and mild confusion. Over time, the disease has a growing impact on your memory, your ability to speak and write coherently, and your judgment and problem solving. Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. ...Read more
MMSE: If you are worried about your memory the best thing to do is to inform your doctor who would do a mini mental status examination . The mmse is a screening test that can help differentiate normal aging from dementia. If you are balancing your checkbook and paying all your bills without a problem then it is less likely you have dementia. ...Read more
There is Excessive Hair loss from my chest.
And i always forget where i kept my mobile at home. is this a sign of alzheimers disease ?
Dandruff in hair, if i wash my hair, it decreases, but again the next day it increases.
Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, i would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contact local: Alzheimer society. Check out "the judy fund". ...Read more
Someone else: Check with someone else's doctor and get their opinion and their comfort level in using that protocol. If they're not comfortable about it, it's not a good idea to get a doctor to do something they don't feel at ease with doing. ...Read more
My grandmother has Alzheimer’s. Currently, she is experiencing extreme behavioural and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Her DR. prescribed her clanazapam to take as needed, so just want to get a 2nd opinion to make sure it is safe for her to take the drug?
Yes and No.: It seems like your trust level with the Doctor needs addressing. Benzodiazepines can be useful for some, but can cause hallucinations and delusions in others. Elderly people can at times have difficulty excreting these types of drugs, which can lead to problems. It can cause balance concerns which can lead to falls, which can be deadly for elderly. Use with supervision is less dangerous. ...Read more
Consistent picture: Gold standard might implicate a pet scan showing classical metabolic changes in appropriate brain areas. Spinal fluid studies would confirm the disorder. The clinical picture develops without other explanation. Mental status testing reveals progressive declines without reversal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Try Alzheimer's.org - they have nice details. Abnormal levels of a bad protein called AB42 in oligomer form along with hyperphosphoryated tau. TDP-43 and abnormal progranulin levels and others may also play a role in some cases. Inflammation is pivotal. Genetics defects can be in coding for an enzyme that forms AB42, or one that helps clear it from the brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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