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WHat are good tips for living with dementia?

WHat are good tips for living with dementia?

At your age, I assum: you are the caretaker. Learn to be patient. Take breaks from your responsibility. Join a support group. Lean about this disease. Learn and practice patience. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...Read more


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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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Rn at assisted living gives applicants tests for dementia. Since misdiagnosis will hurt, should I get second opinion?

Rn at assisted living gives applicants tests for dementia. Since misdiagnosis will hurt, should I get second opinion?

Yes: A good general rule is a second opinion from the appropriate physician has very little downside and can allay your concerns. ...Read more

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Is dementia more common because people are living longer?

Is dementia more common because people are living longer?

Yes: The biggest risk factor for alzheimers is age and alzheimers disease causes about 70% of the cases of dementia. ...Read more

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Dementia pt 1st in assisted living, then memory care unit but evict due to assaults, in psych unit, then again assisted living unit (not locked). Y?

Dementia pt 1st in assisted living, then memory care unit but evict due to assaults,  in psych unit, then again assisted living unit (not locked).  Y?

Dementia & assaults: There are many possible causes for violent behavior in people with dementia, including delirium from occult infection, & conflict with staff. It requires urgent evaluation. I'm sorry, but I have no way of knowing how placement was selected for this person after discharge from inpatient psychiatry. Please ask the physicians and staff involved about this, and for any recommendations they may have. ...Read more

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What causes dementia?

Many factors: such as inherited predisposition as in Alzheimer's Dementia , Vascular Dementia is caused by hardening of the arteries with decreased blood flow to the brain causing microvascular changes as in strokes, repeated blows to the brain as in those incurred in sports, boxing, football . Accidents causing concussions or traumatic brain injuries like explosions in war. Diseases like Parkinson's Disease ...Read more

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Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure. ...Read more

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Is dementia hereditary?

Is dementia hereditary?

Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be. ...Read more

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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 more

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Can you inherit dementia?

Some kinds.: Some types of dementia like alzheimer's disease with early onset at ages 40 to 60 have a large genetic component while other types of dementia like alcohol induced do not. ...Read more

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