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For symptoms : Dementia cannot be treated directly. There are medicines for many symptoms or interventions involving the environment or training caregivers. Dementia specific medicines like aricept, namenda, Exelon can help prevent or treat anxiety, agitation and aggression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complex, no single definition brief it is the behavior directed at an animate or intimate object resulting in damage. Be it physical, verbal, or emotional, the object always suffers damages that can be as severe as death or total incapacity. Predatory, sex-related or inter-male aggression are examples observed and induced by need for sustenance, competing for ...Read more
There are many: Dementia can be thought of as a cognitive disorder or as a behavioral illness. Nearly everyone with dementia will have behavior problems at some time. Psychomotor agitation, anxiety, sleep disturbances, appetite disturbances, depression, paranoia/delusions, hallucinations, aggression, mood lability, and apathy are some of the most common symptoms. Most of these symptoms are treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Memory is first: By definition, if you have dementia you have a problem with memory. Other symptoms include problems with language, trouble using objects like tools, trouble evaluating and processing information, trouble knowing that you have deficits. Other types of symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, aggression, disinhibition, irritability and mood lability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dementia pt 1st in assisted living, then memory care unit but evict due to assaults, in psych unit, then again assisted living unit (not locked). Y?
Dementia & assaults: There are many possible causes for violent behavior in people with dementia, including delirium from occult infection, & conflict with staff. It requires urgent evaluation. I'm sorry, but I have no way of knowing how placement was selected for this person after discharge from inpatient psychiatry. Please ask the physicians and staff involved about this, and for any recommendations they may have. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There can be many.: Patients suffering from dementia can exhibit many different psychiatric symptom such as depression, anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, helplessness, suicidal ideation, apathy, mania, and psychosis. Some patients may exhibit aggression and combative behaviors. These underlying psychiatric symptoms/conditions should be assessed and treated independently of the underlying dementia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My dad has Parkinson's & dementia and gets angry, he wont take his tablets or cooperate. What can we do when he gets like this?
Difficult situation: This sounds like a very difficult situation that periodically gets worse. It can be hard to take care of a demented family member. He cannot tell you specifically what he's distressed about, and may be misperceiving also. Contact his physician about this; your dad needs to be seen for increasing confusion & combativeness. Could be many possible medical issues trying to speak & need investigation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My grandmother has vascular dementia does anybody know what behavioral difference is between this and alzheimers?
Can be quite similar: Vascular dementia causes deficits in the areas of the brain affected by stroke. Alzheimers disease causes problems with memory, language, making decisions, planning multistep tasks. And gradual decline in functioning. Behavioral symptoms - hallucinations, delusions, depression, anxiety, agitation, aggression, irritability, disinhibition, apathy, can occur with both illnesses. Some folks have both. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In general no: Cholinesterase inhibitors like Aricept and Exelon slow functional decline in early dementia but do not modify the overall decline seen with dementia. In moderate and late disease these medicines decrease anxiety, agitation and aggression. Combining the medications is unlikely to offer benefit clinically and may increase side effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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