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What diagnosis activities are required to determine what type of dementia a person has?

What diagnosis activities are required to determine what type of dementia a person has?

Is it reversible?: Tests consider reversible bs irreversible causes of dementia. Look at thyroid function tests, B12 levels, RPR to rule out syphillis. These are metabolic causes.Then ctscan or MRI to r:/o tumor, multiinfarct dementia(mid).If mid, ekg to r/o atrial fibrillation. Newer tests include pet scans and other new x-ray imaging studied. It is common to find small vessel ischemia. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more


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Can you tell me an examples of types of activities you do with a person who you have worked with and experience dementia?

Can you tell me an examples of types of activities you do with a person who you have worked with and experience dementia?

Use your mind/body: At all stages of dementia strengthening brain connections (called synapses) is the goal. We do not have proven therapies in humans with dementia that can do this. However, any type of physical or mental exercize will help you feel better at any stage of dementia. Aroma therapy, pet therapy, music therapy are but a few modalities I recommend. Contact with 'happy people' and engage them. ...Read more

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Should my 80 yr old father with significant back pain but normal activity have spinal fusion, since he has dementia w/little short term memory?

Should my 80 yr old father with significant back pain but normal activity have spinal fusion, since he has dementia w/little short term memory?

Spinal fusion is a: big surgery, so many factors need to be taken into consideration before undergoing such procedure. Can he withstand general anesthesia? Does he have too much dementia to understand instructions for recovery afterwards? Did he have good mobility before the surgery? Has he had other spinal surgeries before? How is his cardiac and pulmonary health? etc.. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can dementia be cured?

Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure. ...Read more

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How to know you may have dementia?

How to know you may have dementia?

May be challenging: We do accept that subjective cognitive impairment may be a valid complaint of an impending dementia. But many medications can cause cognitive clouding, especially in older folks, and thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency, and elevated homocysteine could be issue. Small strokes and early onset of alzheimers perhaps. Neuropsych testing is best approach, but start with your doc. ...Read more

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How often should I answer the same question asked over and over by loved one with dementia?

It Depends On You: Answering the same question over & over & over again requires lots of patience and love. If you find yourself becoming frustrated, irritated, impatient, etc, it's time to do something else. We suggest redirection & distraction. With that said, there's no reason to put yourself in that situation. As soon as you realize the same question is being asked, start redirecting & distracting your loved one. ...Read more

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What are effects of pets on people with dementia?

Positive: It has become clear that pets regularly brought into environment of demented patients living in a home setting or a nursing home is very beneficial. They smile more, are less agitated, become more alert, talk more expressing more appropriate emotions and are less depressed. The overall efffect is very positive and therapeutic. ...Read more

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Are people with dementia still wise?

Are people with dementia still wise?

Yes: Yes they are still wise in many areas. Memory loss and confusion typically start with difficulty in forming new memories and gradually progress into other areas. Factual knowledge is retrieved in a different manner that personal memories. The degree of dementia determines which areas are most profoundly affected so a person can be wise but unable to identify familiar individuals. ...Read more

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How do you treat/care for dementia?

Individualize: The treatment of dementia is varied based on the type of the behavior the patient is presented, the availibility of primary caregiver, the level of cooperation, prior/current medications use, the currrent environmental setting and medical conditions. So there are many way to treat or to control symptoms for dementia and therefore it needs to be individualize. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is dementia?

Neurological: Dementia is a clinical term that means a progressive impairment of thinking abilities (often but not always memory) that interferes with the person's abilities to perform their usual daily activities. Many types of disorders can cause dementia. Some, such as low thyroid, low vitamin B12 or severe depression are treatable. Others such as alzheimer's disease have some treatments but cannot be cured. ...Read more

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