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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. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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How is dementia treated? Why is early diagnosis important?

How is dementia treated? Why is early diagnosis important?

Dementia care: Dementia is treated by supportive care mainly. Medicines may help decrease progression of the disease, but dementia being degenerative disease it will progress over time. Earlier diagnosis is the key to create better treatment plan and education of care taker so that most of our seniors with dementia can stay in community and not in long term nursing homes. 36 hr day is a great book to read. ...Read more

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My wife exhibits signs of possible early onset dementia (confusion, agitation, unsteady balanve, slurred speech). How can we get an accurate diagnosis?

My wife exhibits signs of possible early onset dementia (confusion, agitation, unsteady balanve, slurred speech).  How can we get an accurate diagnosis?

Neurological Disorde: I understand your concern for your wife! unsteady balance and slurred speech generally are not due to early onset dementia . Alcohol use can cause unsteady balance and slurred speech . Please see a neurologist for the diagnosis and treatment of your wife's condition. ...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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My brother has dementia. Is that something important?

My brother has dementia. Is that something important?

Yes very important: Your brother will have progressive mental deterioration over the next 2-10 years depending on the stage of dementia. Visiting your brother routinely will help him with joy and pride but it will sadden on your heart because you have a very special connection with him. If you go to www.Alz.Org there are places where you can involve support group and chat with friends. ...Read more

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What are probable causes of severe early dementia in a 37 year old man?

Many: If it is true dementia at that age it is very unusual, but there are too many possibilities to list here. A full work up for metabolic i issues and likely a brain scan would be indicated. Discuss with your primary doctor who would likely refer to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can possibly cause severe early dementia in a 37 year old man?

Can you tell me what can possibly cause severe early dementia in a 37 year old man?

Head trauma, HIV/AID: This is not common, but it can happen. A full workup of labs and neuro-psych tests and imaging along with a full family and personal history might shed light on it. Alzheimer's web sites may also offer links and information. It's a hard thing to deal with, best wishes! ...Read more

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When a person is diagnosed with dementia (in the very early stages), when will they die?

Variable/hard to say: There is much variability in life expectancy from time of diagnosis to time of death. Much has to do with the virulence of the disease process; the type of care received; the management of other, secondary medical complications. ...Read more

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How are people treated in mental health facilities if they are stubborn and have dementia?

How are people treated in mental health facilities if they are stubborn and have dementia?

Dementia - stubborn: Hopefully, such individuals are still treated with dignity and respect. Once people can no longer positively contribute to their own well being, medications and the creation of a supportive environment become important. ...Read more

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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