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Is all dementia alzheimer's or can some be "senility?

Is all dementia alzheimer's or can some be "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 more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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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's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

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

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What are earlest signs of senility?

What are earlest signs of senility?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Senility?

Senility: Senility = physical & mental changes that occur with old age. ...Read more

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How can tell you are suffering from old timers disease, senility, or hardening of the arteries?

How can tell you are suffering from old timers disease, senility, or hardening of the arteries?

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

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Can a blow to the back of the head from a fall be the cause of senility, is there some way to prevent?

Can a blow to the back of the head from a fall be the cause of senility, is there some way to prevent?

Possibly: Patients can get a subdural hematoma or blood clot around the brain as a result of a fall or trauma. Sometimes a chronic subdural patient can appear to be exhibiting senility. It is more likely the result of the initial trauma. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you're losing it; getting senility?

How can you tell if you're losing it; getting senility?

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

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Is schizophrenia related to other brain diseases such as dementia or senility?

Is schizophrenia related to other brain diseases such as dementia or senility?

Schizophrenia: Not necessarily, check with your treating doctor if you are concerned with memory difficulties. Best. ...Read more

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Does this mean future Alzheimer’s or MS?

Does this mean future Alzheimer’s or MS?

Missed the firstpart: The first part of your question seems to have been cut off. Please re-submit ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Can there be such a thing as premature Alzheimer's disease when a female is in her mid 20's?

Very rare: It may happen in a family where several members developed alzheimer's disease in an early age. That is because there is a bad gene transmitted in that family. ...Read more

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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

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 more

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What are your thoughts about using the Bredesen Protocol to treat Alzheimer’s?

What are your thoughts about using the Bredesen Protocol to treat Alzheimer’s?

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

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How many assisted living facilities in the u.S. Have separate alzheimer's special care units?

Unknown: Alf are defined by federal government but there is no federal designation for memory care at the current time. Some states like oregon track this but not all states do currently. ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is probable alzheimers?

What is probable alzheimers?

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 more

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What are symptoms of alzheimers?

10 warning signs: See this link for the 10 warning signs of alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp. ...Read more

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What is the cause of alzheimers?

What is the cause of alzheimers?

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 more

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Is there benefit from doing crosswords for alzheimers?

Is there benefit from doing crosswords for alzheimers?

Alzheimer's: Depends on the stage of dementia. There is no cure and the further someone progresses, the less it will help. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Senility (Definition)

Senility = physical & mental changes that ...Read more