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Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

Is contracting and living with Lewy bodies dementia (alzheimers) terminal?

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 more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more


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How is alzheimer's and dementia diagnosed?

How is alzheimer's and dementia diagnosed?

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 more

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How are Alzheimer's and dementia different?

How are Alzheimer's and dementia different?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is one type of dementia. There are many other types of dementia. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

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 more

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What are the different stages of Alzheimer's and dementia?

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lapses in memory. 3.Can't recall names, misplaces objects. 4.Forgets recent events or personal details, moody, socially withdrawn. 5.Disoriented to time or place. 6.Reduced awareness of surroundings.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

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Can you tell me how are alzheimer's and dementia different?

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

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What are the differences in symptoms for Alzheimer's and dementia?

What are the differences in symptoms for Alzheimer's and dementia?

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 more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia?

What is the difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia?

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

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How to prevent alzheimer's and dementia from an early age?

How to prevent alzheimer's and dementia from an early age?

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 more

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What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

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

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

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

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I heard from 2 doctors that Alzheimer's and dementia are the same. What do you say?

I heard from 2 doctors that Alzheimer's and dementia are the same. What do you say?

Alzheimers is 1 kind: Alzheimers is one kind of dementia, but there are other kinds as well, and those can be caused by disease, injury, metabolic conditions, and other factors. ...Read more

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Do neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia or a stroke affect our consciousness? Do these ailments make us forget "who we are"?

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

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What's done for dementia/alzheimer's?

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 more

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What causes dementia and alzheimer's?

What causes dementia and alzheimer's?

Amyloid...: Alzheimer's and some other dementias are related to buildup of beta amyloid plaques in the brain. Genetics often play a role as well. ...Read more

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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 more

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Are dementia and alzheimer's the same thing?

No: Dementia can be defined as a progressive decline in cognitive function. Alzheimer's is a one of the causes of 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 ...Read more