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Cognitive Testing For Dementia
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
"confusing me" ?: You did not quite explain what you meant by "confusing me". However, if there has been a sudden change in your aunt's behavior or mental functining, get her evaluated by a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more
How to know if early onset dementia (36yrs) or normal age related cognitive decline. Forget names & finding it hard to find words or using wrong one?
See your doctor: Or, schedule Concierge visit and we can go into this in further detail. ...Read more
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
Just a tool: The MOCA is just a screening tool. There are many reasons why your friend would struggle with such a test. This test does not diagnose dementia. Dementia is not very common in 19 year olds. Your friend will probably have some other testing to help determine the cause of his problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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