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Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Eventually, yes: Lbd is not the same as alzheimers. However, there also is no cure, and it is progressive - either slow or rapid. So, it is terminal but an average life expectancy after DX is 5-7 yrs. The worst of it is that the symptoms are quite difficult to manage and few families can avoid residential care. Here's a link: http://www.Lbda.Org/content/role-palliative-and-hospice-care-in-lbd. Hope you find help! ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Caregiving (Definition)

Caregiving is the act of helping others take care of ...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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Is there any programs aimed at elders to rehabilitate dementia, Alzheimer's etc?

Is there any programs aimed at elders to rehabilitate dementia, Alzheimer's etc?

Few: There are some programs that claim that they can improve cognitive function of persons with dementia but they have not been proven to be effective. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

Can Alzheimer's patients develop temper tantrums?

Absolutely: Loss of self-monitoring and disinhibition of emotional control is a potent combination, often leading to temper tantrums, aggressivity, foul language. Any dementia with those features can have similar symptoms. ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's sufferers develop temper tantrums?

Can Alzheimer's sufferers develop temper tantrums?

Yes: Person with alzheimer's disease may develop a catastrophic reaction if they are in a stressful situation that they do not understand. ...Read more

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How is family caregiving different than solo caregiving?

How is family caregiving different than solo caregiving?

Division of labor: Tha family as a group helps their loved one with different activities and this helps reduce the care burden for one individual. Each member has their tasks but it is important to have a routine and not deviate from it too much. ...Read more

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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 organizations support disabled children?

What organizations support disabled children?

UCP: United cerebral palsy is a great resource central and help all children with disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. They would be a great resource for you and your child. ...Read more

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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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Is Lewy bodies dementia terminal?

Is Lewy bodies dementia  terminal?

BUT, 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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Dementia, schizophrenia, hellucination, how do they related?

Clarification needed: If the person has chronic psychiatric illness involving schizophrenia, then the down the road, this person may develop dementia due to functional and cognitive decline. There are times when this person may develop hallucinations. If the person never has all three conditions, you may need a psychiatric consultation as well geriatric consultation so that the quality of life can be improve. ...Read more

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What are the differences between subacute care, outpatient care, hospice care, home health care?

What are the differences between subacute care, outpatient care, hospice care, home health care?

Also: Subacute care in many skilled nursing facilities usually entails significant specialized care, like patients on long term ventilators. These patients are too stable for the hospital but because the tracheostomy & vent require constant monitoring and nursing care. If a pt can't be taken off the vent they are usualy transferred to a facility where this type of care is usual. ...Read more

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Is cognistar 60 injection helpful in alzeimers /stress dementia?

Is cognistar 60 injection helpful in alzeimers /stress dementia?

I have never Used it: But to my knowledge there are not enough studies to indicate it's effectiveness. ...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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What challenges do caregivers of vets face?

Caregivers: Physical exhaustion, financial difficulties, loss of employment, depression, anxiety, marital problems, neglect of own children ---these are some of the problems that caregiver go thro'. ...Read more

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How is multi-infarct dementia found?

How is multi-infarct dementia found?

Thorough Evaluation: Tests determine whether other medical problems could be causing dementia, such as anemia, brain tumor, chronic infection, drug and medication intoxication, severe depression, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiency. Neuropsychological testing is helpful to find out what parts of thinking have been affected, and to guide other tests. Tests also can include a head ct scan and MRI of the brain. ...Read more

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How might forgetfulness from multi-infarct dementia interfere with elder safety needs?

How might forgetfulness from multi-infarct dementia interfere with elder safety needs?

Particularly if : Short term memory is effected, the older person may not remember they left the stove on, or may not remember they need to use a walker. ...Read more

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Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia and dementia related?

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