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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

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Divalproex (Definition)

Divalproex, is a seizure medicine, the generic name is valporic acid, it has been in the market as an antiseizure medicine for long time, it is a good medicine, helps to control almost all types of common seizures, partial, generalized, absence, myoclonic, atonic, ..Etc.It can be used as a mood stabilizer in psychiatric patients. It has adverse effects on the liver, ...Read more


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Is dementia hereditary?

Is dementia hereditary?

Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be. ...Read more

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Can you inherit dementia?

Can you inherit dementia?

Some kinds.: Some types of dementia like alzheimer's disease with early onset at ages 40 to 60 have a large genetic component while other types of dementia like alcohol induced do not. ...Read more

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How is dementia diagnosed?

Clinically: Usually a clinical diagnosis, no blood work and no imaging test. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dementia ?

Memory problems: Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also, forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. ...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 the best approach, but start with your doc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of dementia?

What are the symptoms of dementia?

Early dementia: Behavioral and psychological symptoms (bps) are common in the older population and may be an indication of early dementia. Van der linde rm et al. 2012 found that wandering and persecution were independently associated with progression to dementia. Early co morbid conditions include obsessive compulsive disorders with evolving paranoid symptoms such as fear of stealing behaviors. ...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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What causes dementia and its symptoms?

What causes dementia and its symptoms?

Damage to the brain: Dementia is a general term for a number of different types of illnesses each of which affect important brain functions. The symptoms a person has depend on the areas of the brain affected. ...Read more

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Personal needs for. Toilet and dementia?

Personal needs for. Toilet and dementia?

Incontinence: As dementia worsens, not only does their cognition decline but their body muscles weaken so it becomes more difficult to get out of bed/chair and walk to the bathroom. There's usually a progression from having a difficult time in getting to the bathroom in time, to using a bedside commode, then to diapers. All dementia patients progress to complete incontinence of bowel and bladder at some point. ...Read more

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What are the different forms of dementia?

What are the different forms of dementia?

Forms of dementia: Some forms of dementia are Alzheimers, Fronto-Temporal dementia, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, cortico basal ganglia degeneration, and dementia due to an illness like MS. ...Read more

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Which are the different forms of dementia?

Answer below: Alzheimers (60% — 65%), less common are vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, picks disease (frontotemporal), alcoholic, B12 deficiency, hiv, dementia pugilistica (head trauma), a few rare prion diseases such as jacob kruetzfeld (spongioform encephalopathy), and mixed. Some reversible encephalopathies are occasionally classified as dementias, but not true dementias. ...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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So what are the earliest symptoms of dementia?

So what are the earliest symptoms of dementia?

Earliest Symptoms: Short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, language problems, word-finding difficulties, decreased judgment, loss of initiative, problems keeping track of things, disorientation to time or place, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, talk with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of temporofrontal dementia?

What are the symptoms of temporofrontal dementia?

Personality change: There are several distinct types of ftld or fld. One type presents with apathy or disinhibited personality changes. This can slightly resemble depression or mania. Other types present with the gradual loss of the ability to speak starting with nouns. Finally, a third form involves speech becoming more telegraphic than finally the person is mute. ...Read more

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At which point is medication for dementia necessary?

At which point is medication for dementia necessary?

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 (rivastigmine) can help prevent or treat anxiety, agitation and aggression. ...Read more

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What is subcortical dementia?

Definition: In most kinds of dementia, autopsy reveals widespread degeneration in the cerebral cortex — such as the plaques and tangles which are the hallmark of alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia are therefore sometimes classed as "cortical dementias." in other kinds of dementia, there is targeted damage to regions lying under the cortex, giving rise to sub cortical dementia. ...Read more

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What is sundowning vs dementia?

Sundowning is a: Symptom that can occur in dementia patients. It refers to misperceiving the environment or outright halliucinations whch usually occur at or after sundown, hence the name. Dementia is a degenerative illness which effects the brain and inhibits a person's ability to function. ...Read more

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What do dementia patients die from?

Commonly, infection: Patients with advanced dementia develop worsening swallowing difficulties; they aspirate while eating/drinking. Can even aspirate on their own saliva, leading to pneumonia. Common causes of death = infection (e.g. Pneumonia, bladder, blood stream), dehydration and malnutrition. Main thing to understand: decline is natural progression of dementia and to keep loved ones comfortable when end is near. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent dementia?

Not yet but...: Exercise appears to be protective and possibly education/learning. There is a lot of research ongoing on prevention. ...Read more

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Can you delay dementia?

Yes: Some neuroscientists are promoting to learn new and complex things always to increment the number of glial cells and dendrites. Also, some promote to keep learning until you die. Some physicians prescribe medicines for dementia even if not sure is only forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment or early dementia. Medicines supposedly delay the progression of the disease. ...Read more

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Can radon cause dementia?

Can radon cause dementia?

Yes. Radon dementia: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1579210
natural distribution of environmental radon daughters in the different brain ... Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia: www.Idahoradon. Com/alzheimers-parkinsons-studies
radon is a primary source of harmful radiation exposure for humans; ... Memory loss: dementia such as forgetting things more. ...Read more

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What is Lewy body dementia?

The essentials: Lewey body dementia is defined by three things, visual hallucinations in the absence of othr drugs, psych diagnoses and Parkinson's disease, memory loss and perodic confusion, you can have parkinson symptoms but don't have to. You also usually get behavorial problems and executive problems. The hallucinations tend to be quite vivid and complex. ...Read more

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What is vascular dementia?

Caused by a stroke: Most people think of vascular dementia as memory and other brain impairments leading to dementia caused by one or more large strokes. There is another condition related to chronic small damage to the brain ultimately leading to dementia, this used to be called multi-infarct dementia though this phrase isn't used much anymore. ...Read more

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What is presenile dementia?

What is presenile dementia?

Early onset dementia: Presenile dementia refers to dementia occurring in younger persons, usually age 65 or younger; since most cases are due to alzheimer's disease, the term is sometimes used as a synonym of dementia of the Alzheimer's type, early onset. ...Read more

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Can dementia cause dizziness?

Can dementia cause dizziness?

Sort of: There are many causes of dementia, including some we don't normally think of, such as vitamin deficiency, stroke, or brain tumor. Some of these diseases can cause dizziness in addition to dementia. More typically, dizziness does not accompany dementia. Dizziness can be a separate problem from dementia, or might help pinpoint an underlying cause for both. ...Read more

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What causes vascular dementia?

What causes vascular dementia?

Damage to blood flow: The vascular system supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients through the blood system or vasculature. When the vasculature system is negatively impacted it can lead to cell death and if enough damage occurs then one deveops vascular dementia. ...Read more

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What does senile dementia mean?

Dementia: Loss of cognitive ability (ie dementia) that occurs in old age (senile). This could include alzheimers or multi infarct (from strokes). ...Read more

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How do you screen for dementia?

Take a history: Screening for any illness involves getting an accurate history and looking for particular symptoms. In the case of dementia, one is looking for memory problems, visual spatial problems, loss of abilities one used to have (like cooking, repairing things, paying bills etc), needing more help to do things, word finding problems and word comprehending problems etc. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed help dementia?

Unfortunately no: Thc or the active ingredient in marijuana can cause a variety of responses. Though for some there is a calming effect of others it was cause paradoxical agitation, disorientation and even paranoid feelings. Individuals suffering from dementia may have more vulnerable brains and may be more affected by the negative reactions. ...Read more

Depakote (Definition)

Depakote is the brand name for a medication known as valproic acid. It is most commonly used to treat seizures, though it can also be used as a mood stabilizer in certain psychiatric disorders. It is used to treat multiple seizure types and can be used alone or with other seizure medications if needed. Common side effects include nausea, dizziness, ...Read more


Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more