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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 normally expected with aging.

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I want to know what's the definition of dementia?

I want to know what's the definition of dementia?

Cognitive decline: Losses in mental functioning beyond normal aging - often short term memory may come first but other abilities may also be affected - planning, judgement, personality, temper, etc. There are several types with different profiles and they can progress fast, slowly or not at all. Alzheimer's, vascular(stroke), trauma, hiv/aids, lewey body are some very distinct types you might have heard of. Be well. ...Read more

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How does dementia affect grandchildren?

How does dementia affect grandchildren?

It depends: Children are very affected by how the adults around them respond. They are likely to model your reactions and imitate you. ...Read more

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Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia (Tip)

Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Ask about support groups for both the person with dementia and the caregiver. Both can benefit. ...See more

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Living with Multi Infarct Dementia (Checklist)

Get assistance with dressing and bathing
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Exercise passive extremities while in bed or sitting
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Make sure to have proper nutrition & supplements
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Make sure to keep chair transfers close to bed
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Is developing inappropriate facial expressions a symptom of dementia?

Is developing inappropriate facial expressions a symptom of dementia?

Possibly...: If one has dementia, that could explain such symptoms; otherwise, emotional, neuropsychological and/or organic factors would need to be explored. ...Read more

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What are noncognitive symptoms of dementia?

What are noncognitive symptoms of dementia?

Behavior and dementi: Behavioral disturbances are frequently the most challenging manifestations of dementia and are exhibited in almost all people with dementia. Common behavioral disturbances can be grouped into four categories: mood disorders (e.g., depression, apathy, euphoria); sleep disorders (insomnia, hypersomnia, night-day reversal); psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations); and agitation. ...Read more

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Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia (Tip)

Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia

Family, friends and support groups are important components for people living with dementia. ...See more

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Living with Multi Infarct Dementia (Checklist)

take your time with things
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avoid doing things that might loer your blood pressure too much
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relearn to do things that are important to you
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What are the first noticeable signs, symptoms of dementia?

What are the first noticeable signs, symptoms of dementia?

Memory problems: Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia. First there is trouble forming a memory and ultimately an inability to form a new memory. Word finding problems and trouble paying bills, driving safely, and making decisions follows. Frontotemporal lobe dementia often presents with personality change or trouble with using language. Lewy body dementia presents with visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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How long does a person last after diagnosis with dementia?

It really depends: If one is diagnosed early on in the illness, it can be a long term chronic disease lasting 20 years. Most people are not diagnosed until they have moderate or even advanced disease so they live less than 10 years after diagnosis. ...Read more

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