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Doctor insights on: Alzheimers Symptoms Vs Dementia

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Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Is sundowning a symptom of alzheimer's dementia?

Sundowning: Can be a symptom of dementia of any kind when combined with physical problems such as hearing and vision loss. ...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


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Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more

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Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

They are the same: It used to be thought that alzheimers only happened to young people-what we now call early onset alzheimers dementia. It was also thought that getting senile happened to all older adults. We now know senility and dementia are not normal aging. ...Read more

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How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

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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Alzheimers versus Parkinson's disease, what's the difference?

Alzheimers versus Parkinson's disease, what's the difference?

Not associated: Both are disorders of "misfolded proteins" which deposit in the brain affecting specific nerve cell populations. The signs and symptoms are very different, such as tremors, gait imbalance, stiffness of parkinson's. The dementias are very different and treatments vary from case to case. It is rare, . ...Read more

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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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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What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

Different symptoms: Alzheimer's and parkinson's disease are quite different from each other. See these links for the 10 warning signs for each of these disorders. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp parkinson's: http://www.Parkinson.Org/parkinson-s-disease/pd-101/10-early-warning-signs-of-parkinson-s-disease. ...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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What is sundowning vs dementia?

What is sundowning vs dementia?

Sundowning is a: Symptom that can occur in dementia patients. It refers to misperceiving the environment or outright halliucinations whch usually occur at or after sundown, hence the name. Dementia is a degenerative illness which effects the brain and inhibits a person's ability to function. ...Read more

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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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Which is deadlier, vascular dementia or alzheimers?

Which is deadlier, vascular dementia or alzheimers?

Depends: A large stroke can lead to vascular dementia and if you had one stroke you are at high risk of having another. Alzheimer's has a more predictable progression in general but everyone is unique so generalizations are difficult. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia and dementia related?

Brain disorders both: one does not cause the other but they can co-exist, or if you have one you could have symptoms that resemble the other. For instance, patient with end stage dementia could have psychosis, but it is not schizophrenia. Likewise, a person with schizophrenia could have trouble remembering things, resembling dementia. ...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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What symptoms suggest Lewy body dementia?

What symptoms suggest Lewy body dementia?

Clinical Features: 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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Neurodegenerative disease (alzeihmer) or dementia or depression in my grandparent?

Without knowing : Your grandparent, i can't say. All dementias are neurodegenerative illnesses in one way or another. And, yes, depression in older patients can present with memory problems. Have your grandparent evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist to help you figure this out. ...Read more

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How is vascular dementia different than other types of dementia?

How is  vascular dementia different than other types of dementia?

Vascular dementia: Vascular dementia may overlap with other types of dementia such as alzheimer's, but results from damage to, or blockages in, blood vessels that nourish the brain. This leads to tiny "infarcts" or deaths of nerve cells in the brain. People with hypertension and/or arteriosclerotic narrowing of these blood vessels are vulnerable to such changes, which happen in a stair-step process over time. ...Read more

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Donepezil effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Donepezil  effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Helpful in LBD: I routinely use donepezil effectively in my lewy body disease patients. Although only 40-50% of them actually have cognitive improvements in the here & now, but we suspect it slows the progression of cognitive deterioration anecdotally. Can't comment on personal experience with vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms or diagnosis of Lewy body dementia?

Signs and symptoms or diagnosis of Lewy body dementia?

Good Rx Available!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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