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Doctor insights on: Etiology Or Pathophysiology Of Dementia

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How common is dementia?

How common is dementia?

Common: Dementia is fairly common and the biggest risk factor is age. More than 1 out of 100 people aged 65 or less have dementia. Roughly 5 out of 100 of those aged 70, 10 of 100 aged 75, 25 of 100 aged 80 and roughly 45-50 out of 100 of those 85 years old and older have dementia. ...Read more

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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


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What symptoms suggest dementia?

What symptoms suggest dementia?

See below: This is classical 10 warning signs and symptoms from web site of alzheimer association. Http://www. Alz. Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs. Asp once you identify signs and symptoms, then please contact your primary care physician, geriatrician, neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I avoid developing dementia?

Reduce risk: There may be ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia such as regular exercise and treating vascular risks such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. However, there is no way to absolutely prevent dementia (other than dying young, which is not a good option). ...Read more

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Can overmethylation cause dementia?

Can overmethylation cause dementia?

No: Dementia is usually differentiated into two types: vascular type, and non-vascular type. Vascular dementia is due to disruption in the vascular supply causing degeneration of neurons. Non-vascular dementia, such as Alzheimer's dementia, Lewy body dementia are cause by mechanisms involve amyloid plaque depositions and neurofibrillary tangles, and accumulation of Lewy body in the neuron. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have dementia?

How do you know if you have dementia?

You don't!: There are many things that can cause memory problems! stress is one of the most common. If you have concerns, do not try to diagnose yourself! Make an appointment with your family doc and if medically cleared, see a geriatric psychiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of dementia?

What are the early symptoms of dementia?

It depends on Early!: Dementia is a syndrome presenting with significant decline in cognition, including short term memory, leading to behavioral problems and decline in ability to care for self. The onset is usually subtle, gradual and must be differentiated from other causes of imparement, like depression, delirium and normal aging. ...Read more

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I have most of the symptoms of dementia?

I have most of the symptoms of dementia?

First, see your: Family doctor to rule out any medical illnesses that can cause memory problems. If medically cleared, make an appointment with a geriatric psychiatrist for an evaluation. Memory problems can be caused by a number of things. The most important thing is to get the right diagnosis so you will get the right treatment! ...Read more

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Are there typical behaviors of dementia?

Are there typical behaviors of dementia?

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 more

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What are the tests that indicate dementia?

What are the tests that indicate dementia?

Step by step: Good diagnosis starts with history and medical exams by your doctor or neurologist. If general medical is fine, usually neurologic exam and tests are geared toward ruling and diagnosis treatable forms of dementia. Early stages may not be evident on medical tests, and neuropsychological testing can play an important role in early diagnosis, treatment and differential with depression. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the severity of dementia?

Functioning changes: The severity of dementia cannot be changed currently but by changing a person's environment you can help a person be more functional. In early illness some dementia specific medications can slow the loss of functioning. ...Read more

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What are the classic symptoms of dementia?

Symptoms may vary: In each person, but they include memory loss, trouble communicating, difficulty learning or remembering new information, trouble planning or organizing, trouble with coordination or motor functions, personality changes, inability to reason, inappropriate behavior, paranoia, agitation and hallucinations. These must be severe enough to interfer with daily life. ...Read more

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What are the types of dementia you can get?

What are the types of dementia you can get?

There are many.: Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of irreversible dementia. Others include multi-infarct or vascular dementia, lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementias, huntington's disease, creutzfeld-jakob disease. Approximately 1 percent of dementia cases are reversible. They include operable brain tumors, vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid disease, alcoholism or depression. ...Read more

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What happens at the end stages of dementia?

Infection: In severe dementia, alzheimer's, the patient becomes increasingly apathetic and withdrawn, more bed-ridden, and has increased inability to control bowel and bladder. Eventual infections arise, and most perish secondary to pneumonia. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of dementia?

What is the medical definition of dementia?

A form of dementia: Dementia are conditions marked by decline in cognitive function & difficulty with daily activity. Alzheimer' s disease, characterized by problems with memory is one type. Exact cause unknown but good general health is better. Risk factors include old age & it runs in some families. Some reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so careful diagnosis is the first step. ...Read more

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What different stages of dementia are there?

Seven: Different type of dementias will have different stages and the time course for each stage will vary per individual patient. There are technically 7 stages including pre-dementia, but in clinical practice doctors really focus on mild, moderate, to severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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Are intellectuals less likely to get dementia?

Are intellectuals less likely to get dementia?

With exercise: A combination of physical exercise plus mental challenges does appear to slow the onset and progress of dementia (but cannot prevent it). See http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1151037/ the physical activity component is crucial, as the brain is itself a physical organ. Indeed it consumes 25% of our energy production, so it the organ most sensitive to energy depletion. ...Read more

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Can people develoup dementia in their twenties?

Very rare, but yes: Early-onset dementia can strike in the thirties and perhaps late twenties. This is especially true for adults with down's syndrome. It is quite rare in any case. Chemically induced brain damage from illicit drug/substance abuse can also present as dementia in young people. ...Read more

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What is the definition of degenerative dementia?

What is the definition of degenerative dementia?

Dementia: Degenerative dementia generally refers to non-reversible loss of cognitive functioning, typically due to certain diseases like Alzheimer's. Dementia of this type cannot be stopped and functioning will continue to decline with progression of disease. ...Read more