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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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Mom has ft dementia (mid-stage), is inactive, 40 lb weight gain in a year, sleeping 12+ hours a day. Are these signs that the disease is accelerating?

Mom has ft dementia (mid-stage), is inactive, 40 lb weight gain in a year, sleeping 12+ hours a day. Are these signs that the disease is accelerating?

Not necessarily: Frontotemporal dementia is a progressive disease so you can expect the symptoms getting worse. Gaining weight is quite common and sleeping more does not indicate faster progression. ...Read more

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My mom has Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, now taking saraquil for anxiety and walking floors, not helping! how can we give her comfort?

My mom has Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, now taking saraquil  for anxiety and walking floors, not helping! how can we give her comfort?

Hospice care: There are many meds useful for anxiety associated with your mom's diagnoses. A call to a hospice program can link you with a provider that is specialized in managing complex end of life issues focusing on comfort and quality of life. ...Read more

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Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Mom, Lewy body dementia, end stage ovarian cancer, hospice will not treat dementia, (moving faster) meds make dementia worse, hospice can not take care?

Hospice have : Differing rules and regulations regarding acceptance of patients. It's difficult for u to plead your case against a big institution. Other options for u is to apply for fmla for urself to help with your mom's care or privately hire an LPN or cna for this purpose. God bless u and ur mom! ...Read more

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How much time does a person live with end stage dementia?

Depends: End stage dementia usually means the individual can no longer nourish them selves by mouth and are completely dependent on others for care. Most people with end stage dementia die lf illness related to infection or complications associated with immobility or swallowing difficulties. If one can no longer eat or drink and there is no artificial nutrition or hydration, death usually occurs within 2 wk. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of late stage dementia patient?

What is life expectancy of late stage dementia patient?

Dementia: Usually rule of thirds. 3 years mild, 3 years moderate and 3 years severe. ...Read more

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How to create a safe environment for my mom in early-staged dementia?

How to create a safe environment for my mom in early-staged dementia?

See below: House proofing will depend on the severity of the symptoms. You might want to look into the day programs for elderly people with mild dementia. Make sure she takes her medicine on time, eats regularly; personal hygiene; socialization. ...Read more

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Husband is in the adv stage dementia.Sometime he seems to forget or hold his breathe and then breathes faster and harder to catch up, sats 98%im scare

Husband is in the adv stage dementia.Sometime he seems to forget or hold his breathe and then breathes faster and harder to catch up, sats 98%im scare

Apnea: Question arises here of some brainstem or even diffuse respiratory problem, and one might also consider sleep apnea, or even paroxysmal issues, such as seizure problems (9% of dementia pts). Might seek out answers with an eeg and perhaps an overnight sleep study) pulmonary function studies will not reveal these kinds of issues. A neurologist can help immensely. ...Read more

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