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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?

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

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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Can dementia be prevented or delayed?

Can dementia be prevented or delayed?

Possibly: The best current evidence suggests exercise may delay or possibly prevent dementia. Eating a good diet may help. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure work with your healthcare team to control it. Research is ongoing. ...Read more

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Can you delay dementia?

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 more

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Are there ways to prevent cognitive dementia?

Are there ways to prevent cognitive dementia?

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 more

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How to prevent alzheimer's and dementia from an early age?

How to prevent alzheimer's and dementia from an early age?

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 more

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What would be the factors why a md will prevent a visitor from visiting a dementia patient?

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 more

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What would be reasons why a conservator would want to limit or prevent visits to a dementia patient?

What would be reasons why a conservator would want to limit or prevent visits to a dementia patient?

For example: If a conservator determines that the visit is not in the best interest of the patient, that is one possibility (eg to avoid unnecessary stress, or after the patient requirement). ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent dementia?

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

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Is there a way to prevent dementia?

Not yet but...: Exercise appears to be protective and possibly education/learning. There is a lot of research ongoing on prevention. ...Read more

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Which ways can one prevent dementia?

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