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Living With Alzheimer S And Dementia
Eventually, yes: Lbd is not the same as alzheimers. However, there also is no cure, and it is progressive - either slow or rapid. So, it is terminal but an average life expectancy after DX is 5-7 yrs. The worst of it is that the symptoms are quite difficult to manage and few families can avoid residential care. Here's a link: http://www.Lbda.Org/content/role-palliative-and-hospice-care-in-lbd. Hope you find help! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alzheimer, Dementia: Mental status examination including memory impairment, disorientation to time , place, and person, decline in intellectual functioning and impairment of attention and concentration helps in diagnosis of alzheimer, and dementia. At times blood tests and ct scan of brain help in the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Same many times: Dementia is a syndrome with symptoms of memory loss and progressive decline in functioning. It is of many types, the most common type is alzheimer's dementia, cause here is unknown, the next common is multi infarct dementia usually seen in patients who have multiple strokes. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Alzheimer Stages: There are 7 stages; 1.Normal daily functions. 2.Minimal cognitive changes with lapses in memory. 3.Can't recall names, misplaces objects. 4.Forgets recent events or personal details, moody, socially withdrawn. 5.Disoriented to time or place. 6.Reduced awareness of surroundings. can't recognize close family, agitation at night (sundowning).incontinent, wanders. 7.Unresponsive, needs total care. ...Read more
Slice of whole pie: Think of dementia as a whole pie or pizza. Alzheimer disease is the largest slice followed by vascular dementia. There are even smaller slices called Lewy body, frontotemporal dementia, etc. In other words, Alzheimer disease is a type of dementia. Check out http://www.alz.org/dementia/types-of-dementia.asp for more info. ...Read more
AD is a dementia: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgement and other symptoms. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia. In Alzheimers problems forming new memories, trouble with word finding, getting lost and difficulty with problem solving are common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type of dementia : Dementia is a general term which refers to decline in memory severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living and functional status. There are different types of dementia- Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. Clinical symptoms of Alzheimer's get worse over time. ...Read more
Good question: Dementia is a general term to indicate loss of cognitive function due to a progressive disorder, and includes many diseases, including alzheimer's which is the most common cause of dementia. Senility supposedly refers to cognitive changes of aging, but is a corrupt term, as 50% of the elderly have relatively normal intellect by the age of 85. ...Read more
Hallucinations etc: Both Alzheimer's disease (AD) & dementia w/Lewy bodies (DLB) are different types of dementia w/memory loss in common. DLB presents w/hallucinations earlier in its course compared to AD. DLB also has Parkinsonian features such as tremors & stiffness early on while Parkinson's disease presents in reverse. Check out http://www.alz.org/health-care-professionals/differential-diagnosis-lewy-bodies.asp ...Read more
Is there a difference between alzheimer's and dementia? I'm confused about whether the terms alzheimer's and dementia are interchangeable. Is there's a difference?
Exercise: The most important is to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels to prevent brain vascular changes. Both physical and mental exercise may decrease the risk of alzheimer's decrease. Some data indicates that eating fish, drinking red wine and eating dark chocolate is also beneficial. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia or a stroke affect our consciousness? Do these ailments make us forget "who we are"?
Depends: Dementia, of which Alzheimer's is one type, causes a loss of brain function. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. Stroke also causes loss of brain function depending on location and severity. Consciousness is awareness of self and surroundings. With too many variables to list here, dementia and stroke can alter consciousness due to brain deficits. ...Read more
Support, patience: Alzheimer's is only one form of dementia. Some forms are reversible, but many are not. Some forms can be treated symptomatically, some cannot. But all demented people should have caring people, protection from inadvertent self-harm, attendance at medical visits, regular exercise within their capacity, nutritious meals, safe sleeping environment, mental stimulation, socialization (not large groups). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes to some degree: 60% of all pts with Alzheimer's Disease have first degree relative (often a parent) that had AD. There are genetic tests one called ApoE4 which can indicate you are low, medium or high risk in your life to develop this illness. I do not recommend such testing as there are no proven treatments that can slow or prevent Alzheimer's Disease from developing. Stay active mentally and physically! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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