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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 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
Cognitive decline: Losses in mental functioning beyond normal aging - often short term memory may come first but other abilities may also be affected - planning, judgement, personality, temper, etc. There are several types with different profiles and they can progress fast, slowly or not at all. Alzheimer's, vascular(stroke), trauma, hiv/aids, lewey body are some very distinct types you might have heard of. Be well. ...Read more
Wow: It is so uncommon I guess I would say dementia from alcohol and drug abuse, vascular origin and maybe post traumatic would be most common in that age group. You can go way out and say perhaps some severe metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism might be a cause... But all these are really really uncommon. ...Read more
It is unclear: Whether dementia itself is becoming more common or we are just being better able to identify it symptoms. It is clear that it is more common as we age, and the population over age 85 has the highest percentage rate of dementia. Since this population is growing in size, it is likely that more cases of dementia will be identified. ...Read more
Alzheimers: 70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease. But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Behavioral mgt: Picks disease is a form of frontotemporal dementia that presents usually in the 40s or 50s. It often has many behavioral problems like disinhibition and hypersexuality, amongst other behavioral problems. Medication for these symptoms is the usual treatment. There is no cure for this dementia. There are no drugs presently approved for this type of dementia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My father has dementia and he gets angry easily when i ask him to do something. Is this a common symptom?
Yes. Seek support!: It sounds like a very common situation when dealing with dementia. Find support and advice - it is out there. Also, remember that he's hurting too. When things get too bad, many family members feel they need to find a home for the elder. It's not easy no matter what, so get support. Till then, back down from requests and try again later if necessary. Or find alternatives to words. Safety 1st! ...Read more
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