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Can Dementia Be Prevented Or Delayed
My Grandmother has been diagnosed with the early stages of Dementia. Is this disease hereditary and if not, what can I do to prevent it?
Incomplete data: Research seems to suggest a genetic contribution but it is of uncertain strength and not to a single or even simple set of genes. Living longer has increased the numbers of people who decline cognitively but causes differ. Some are gradual and easier to deal w/. Some rapid and frightening. Healthy living in all respects is the best prevention-like strategy, but no one knows. If we did, Wow! ...Read more
Yes: Some neuroscientists are promoting to learn new and complex things always to increment the number of glial cells and dendrites. Also some promote to keep learning until you die. Some physicians prescribe medicines for dementia even if not sure is only forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment or early dementia. Medicines supposedly delay the progression of the disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Meditation Practice: Here is a study (http://bit.Ly/tmwfop) done at upenn showing encouraging results in the use of a daily meditation practice as a way to prevent memory & cognitive deterioration. Also, avoid relying on your gps, iphone, google, wiki etc.= to get immediate answers to your questions. For example, use your memory retrieval function to recall stuff, even if it takes longer."use it or lose it" applies here. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Exercise: The most important is to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels to prevent brain vascular changes. Both physical and mental exercise may decrease the risk of alzheimer's decrease. Some data indicates that eating fish, drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate is also beneficial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: If the safety of the patient and/or others are involved; if the visitors is inebriated (yes, that happens);if after each visit, the patient becomes agitated and upset; if the visitor is threatening to staff. Usually, it's a very drastic measure and is used as a last resort (for example, the visitor can come in with escort). At times, legal guardian or poa agent might ask to ban certain visitors. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What would be reasons why a conservator would want to limit or prevent visits to a dementia patient?
See below: Although there is nothing proven to prevent dementia there are several measures that can potentially reduce the impact. Frequent engagement in cognitive tasks, such as puzzles, is one approach. Preventing cardio/cerebrovascular disease through diet, exercise and if necessary medications is another. For those with a family history of early onset, a discussion with your doctor is important. ...Read more
Million $ question: We generally recommend a "heart healthy" life style but nothing documented in well done prospective studies shows definative prevention. Unhealthy life styles that we are all familiar with do increase risks of some types of dementia- especially vascular type to mention one. ...Read more
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