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Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Royall
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Retirement (Definition)

Generally, women who are pregnant may continue to work during their pregnancy. Some women are able to work right up until they are ready to deliver, while others may need to cut back on their work schedule or stop completely before their due date. Whether you can work during your pregnancy or not depends on your health, the health of the baby, and the type of ...Read more


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When should an alzheimer's patient be put in a retirement home?

When should an alzheimer's patient be put in a retirement home?

Caregiver burnout: When a caregiver can no longer maintain the level of care for the person with dementia, it may be time to look for alternative housing. This may mean a day care two to three time's a week up to nursing home care, depending on the severity of the dementia. Studies show that when the caregiver's health declines, physically or mental stress, the person they are caring for also declines. ...Read more

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Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

Rx for Alzheimer's: Normally, valium and ativan (lorazepam) are not very helpful for people with Alzheimers. These medicines, which are sometimes used to relieve anxiety, may have paradoxical effects in people with dementia. They may cause them to feel excessively sleepy or irritable. Most providers who handle people with these illnesses use antipsychotics in gentle doses. Quetiapine is an example. ...Read more

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How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

How do I caregive for an alzheimer's patient?

Depending how sick: Early alzheimer's is difficult to diagnose because pts. Are still very independent. It is important to supervise them often and as time passes by more and more close observation to the point that they will require 24/7 observation. Somebody needs to verify their bills are paid, they don't forget appointments or dates, they don't fall or get sick, check they eat & take meds. , shower or wash. ...Read more

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Is nattokinase helpful to alzheimer's patients?

Is nattokinase helpful to alzheimer's patients?

NO: Nattokinase is said to be of value for vascular and cardiac issues. Suppose if a patient had a dementia due to small strokes in addition or instead of alzheimer's approach might be considered, but this preparation does not seem to provide any real benefit for the true alzheimer's patient. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for an alzheimer's patient?

May vary: Often said to be roughly 10-15 yrs after diagnosis, but could be shorter period of time depending on age of diagnosis, and co-morbidities. The alzheimer's meds on the market do not seem to change life expectancy. ...Read more

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Is anxiety common in patient's with alzheimer's disease?

Common: I've seen anxiety as a common symptom of ad. It never has the depth that anxiety has in younger patients i.e. To explore psychosocial factors and give simple medication treatments. It is most likely a CNS connection but look at vascular and other organ systems for imbalance. Some older people are more affected by the somatic. Consider depresson and psychotic features. Treat symptoms, low doses. ...Read more

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How long can a terminally ill alzheimer's patient live without food or drink?

Death comes quickly: If you include fluids then the time of their death will be faster...Maybe even up to seven days or so. I am sorry you are having to deal with this. But, starvation is a non-painful way to die when one is at this extreme of life. ...Read more

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I care foran alzheimer's patient who tends to wander off and gets lost. What can I do?

Functional analysis: Reduce hazards--throw rugs, cords, install night lights, gates at stairwells. Provide a place to wander safely. Install alarms & locks--pressure-sensitive mats, warning bells on doors, child proof covers on doorknobs or second lock out of line of sight. Disguise exits--curtains, stop sign, mirror, or large poster. Have them wear a gps device or emergency bracelet. Remove triggers-hat, coat, keys. ...Read more

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