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What is life expectancy of late stage dementia patient?

What is life expectancy of late stage dementia patient?

Dementia: Usually rule of thirds. 3 years mild, 3 years moderate and 3 years severe. ...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


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Patient dx'd w/non-alzheimer's dementia in mid-2010. Now in late stage. What is the rate of development of this illness on this pt?

Patient dx'd w/non-alzheimer's dementia in mid-2010.  Now in late stage.  What is the rate of development of this illness on this pt?

Difficult to Say: Most people are diagnosed already in the moderate stages. From diagnosis most live about 12 years. You mention blood pressure so there may also be some vascular dementia mixed in. If health is otherwise ok, this individual could have a fair amount of time. Usually, when people stop walking & feeding them selves, they are near the end. Hope this helps. No matter what, make every day count! ...Read more

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Elder male dementia patient sleeping 15+ hrs/day. What are causes? losing weight due to missing meals though appetite remains very good generally.

Elder male dementia patient sleeping 15+ hrs/day.  What are causes?  losing weight due to missing meals though appetite remains very good generally.

In San Diego we: have APS--Adult Protective Services. It's the adult verion of CPS (Child), and is designed to assess elders who may need assistance with hygiene, food, shelter, money management, etc. APS usually has a psychiatric component to help assess mental capacity and any needs for assistance (caregivers,medical, social programs, placement in facilities--all as needed). ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient  physical therapy  if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i'm losing my fine motor skills?

Is it possible that i'm losing my fine motor skills?

Yes but . . .: I can't diagnose any loss over the internet! my recommendation is to document your concerns w/your family physician and ask for referral to an occupational therapist for an evaluation. At the very least, you can determine your current status and use this as a baseline for repeat assessment in 6-12mo or so. If there's an obvious deficit, then your doc can initiate an evaluation and/or refer to neur. ...Read more

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I have an unknown problem where I lose my motor skills. My legs become numb and in extreme pain. Any suggestions to help the pain and regain use?

I have an unknown problem where I  lose my motor skills. My legs become numb and in extreme pain. Any suggestions to help the pain and regain use?

Anxiety, see PCP: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include heart palpitations, nausea, tingling, insomnia, dry mouth, speech impairment, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can provide you with treatment options. ...Read more

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What can be done for a patient in the final stages of vascular dementia?

Supportive: therapy helps as well as medications used for dementia . The final stages of vascular dementia is hard to distinguish with the symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia. ...Read more

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What kind of facility would a dementia patient at the moderate to severe stage be put in, and who pays if not medicaid eliglble?

What kind of facility would a dementia patient at the moderate to severe stage be put in, and who pays if not medicaid eliglble?

Each state different: Memory care units are appropriate for those with moderate or severe dementia. The right level of care will decrease the stress for the person with dementia. In the United States, we are all responsible for paying for our living place and that includes those with dementia. Medicaid is available to help those who cannot afford it. Contact your local govt or estate planning attorney for specific into. ...Read more

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Is clonazepam tablet safe for an old lady 80 yrs who is a patient of dementia nd presently suffring from a stage of insomnia?

Probably not: Clonazepam is a strong and more importantly, long acting sedating medication. This medication is usually used for anxiety. I don't recommend using this medication for insomnia, as it would be an off-label use. In addition, the side effects of this medication may be more profound in the elderly. ...Read more

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