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Can a 17 yr old have dementia ?

Can a 17 yr old have dementia ?

17 year olds: Can have memory problems, but not likely to be dementia---head trauma, alcohol, drugs, serious medical illnesses can all cause memory loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more


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What kind of experience is it to die of pneumonia in an 94 yr old dementia patient ?

I do not know.: I wouldn't presume to know, as I have never experienced it. I would wish for anyone who is dying, that the experience be as peaceful as possible. Take care. ...Read more

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What is it like to have pneumonia in an 94 yr old dementia patient who is dnr?

What is it like to have pneumonia in an 94 yr old dementia patient who is dnr?

It depends: Pneumonia can cause discomfort but that can be treated with analgesics (morphine), antipyretics (tylenol) and oxygen if necessary. Antibiotics may not be necessary to provide comfort and may not be effective in treating pneumonia. ...Read more

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What criteria do I use to assess if my 79 yr old mom (dementia) can remain independantly in her home without my presence? She is clingy and lonely.

What criteria do I use to assess if my 79 yr old mom (dementia) can remain independantly in her home without my presence? She is clingy and lonely.

None for assurance: Just being realistic. There is no criteria that will give you confident assurance. Being elderly and demented she has definite probability of getting into trouble sooner or later. Certainly, she might get away with being alone for a while, maybe even a long while; but, there is no criteria you could use to guarantee this. Abrupt change can happen. Unfortunate, difficult, but true. ...Read more

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How much of a risk is there for a 49 yr old man to develop dementia/alzheimer's from light to moderate use of Xanax (alprazolam) .25 to .50 mg once or twice a week?

How much of a risk is there for a 49 yr old man to develop dementia/alzheimer's from light to moderate use of Xanax (alprazolam) .25 to .50 mg once or twice a week?

Some studies suggest: a connection between longer-term benzo use and dementia. Here's a link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/13/benzodiazepines.aspx For more definitive info, go to the National Institute of Health (a gov. site that will give you the real deal on studies like this. http://search.nih.gov/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=nih&query=xanax+and+dementia&commit.x=14&commit.y=9 ...Read more

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My mom has dementia, i'm her caregiver, I am feeling stressed when i spend time with her. Her actions are that of a 3 yr old. I feel angry with her . ?

Join support group: Consider getting more support for yourself. You can join a local or online support group. Both the alzheimer's association and the alzheimer's foundation of america have hotlines also. Caregiving can be very stressful. ...Read more

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Is it wise to have a 90%coratid artery on the left side fixed by surgery on a 74 yr old male with mild to moderate dementia. Meds did not help?

Is it wise to have a 90%coratid artery on the left side fixed by surgery on a 74 yr old male with mild to moderate dementia. Meds did not help?

Depends: there are important questions you need to consider. confidence from vascular surgeon based on experience and results as well as honesty. the quality of life - since this person has dementia, the outcome of surgery may not be great due to the possibility of delirium and complications from surgery such as stroke and others. ...Read more

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89 yr old has dementia. On inderal (propranolol) for irregular heartbeat (10 mg daily). Would switch to another beta blocker ease her dementia symptoms?

89 yr old has dementia. On inderal (propranolol) for irregular heartbeat (10 mg daily). Would switch to another beta blocker ease her dementia symptoms?

Dementia: There are chances that changing Propranolol to another betablocker would not make great difference in dementia symptoms. Starting namenda, (memantine) aricept, reminyl, will reduce the progression of the illness and improve cognition and behavior. The best recommendation is to evaluate by psychiatrist or neurologist to determine the most adequate treatment plan. ...Read more

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Should my 80 yr old father with significant back pain but normal activity have spinal fusion, since he has dementia w/little short term memory?

Should my 80 yr old father with significant back pain but normal activity have spinal fusion, since he has dementia w/little short term memory?

Spinal fusion is a: big surgery, so many factors need to be taken into consideration before undergoing such procedure. Can he withstand general anesthesia? Does he have too much dementia to understand instructions for recovery afterwards? Did he have good mobility before the surgery? Has he had other spinal surgeries before? How is his cardiac and pulmonary health? etc.. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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88 yr old mother with dementia is more alert & talkative when she's sleep deprived. Is there a reason?

Activating effect: Sleep deprivation has a well characterized mood elevating quality as well as a capacity for changing behavior in ways that you may not predict. For example, if the inhibiting effect of the frontal lobe and higher brain centers is compromised in the context of sleep deprivation an individual with dementia may become more disinhibited and impulsive and could even lead to hyperactivity. Stay safe! ...Read more

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