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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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What is the definition or description of: cognitive testing?

What is the definition or description of: cognitive testing?

IQ testing: Cognitive testing is typically testing one's intelligence but can also include testing for dementia or other functions involving thinking. ...Read more

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Aunt is confusing me! should I take her for cognitive testing?

"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

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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 can I record the cognitive state of my father with dementia?

Dementia: Memory, orientation, self care, alertness, attention, changes at night such as confusion or sleep patterns. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

MCI: The most important point is that mci does not always progress to alzheimer's. On exam, a good psychiatrist or psychologist can pick up subtle changes in cognition. But does not rise to the level of dementia. ...Read more

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What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

Cognitive impairment: Is a description of something going wrong in the brain, so no it is not a substitute for mild dementia. It just says that the infection or fever or depression or blood sugar or any number of other things is impairing a person's cognition. ...Read more

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Why is dementia often mistaken for age-related cognitive impairment?

Why is dementia often mistaken for age-related cognitive impairment?

Similar: In the early stages dementia has the same symptoms as age-related cognitive impairment, such as word finding difficulty. However, in the middle and late stages of dementia this similarity disappears. ...Read more

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My friend failed the Montreal cognitive assessment? He's 19 does this mean he has dementia?

My friend failed the Montreal cognitive assessment? He's 19 does this mean he has dementia?

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 more

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Dr. Ilona Gravers
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Cognitive Testing (Definition)

Cognitive testing is typically testing one's intelligence but can also include testing for dementia or ...Read more