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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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pt. Dx'd with wernicke korsakoff syndrome, but has developed into late stage dementia. What would causes be and could dementia have been arrested?
Vit B1 deficiency: It is also known as thiamine deficiency which is related to nutritional issues. It cause to change the structure of the brain and thus affecting dementia. The most common cause is the chronic alcoholism. Other conditions include stomach cancer, prolonged starvation (such as prison of war, anorexia nervosa, aids and chronic psychiatric illness) and intestinal obstruction. ...Read more
Difficult to say: Signs that someone is nearing the end of life include weight loss, decreased speech (fewer than 6 words per day), need for medical interventions like IV fluids, frequent infections, not walking any longer and decreased interactivity with others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?
Yes: Unfortunately with dementias one often loses the ability to stop inappropriate social behaviors including the ones mentioned. The behavior is primarily physiological in this context. Measures to help him feel safer and medications which might enhance inhibitory circuits could be tried. I am not aware of any "magic bullets" for this but I would avoid shaming or confrontations. Try singing!? ...Read more
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