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My dad has Parkinson's & dementia and gets angry, he wont take his tablets or cooperate. What can we do when he gets like this?
Difficult situation: This sounds like a very difficult situation that periodically gets worse. It can be hard to take care of a demented family member. He cannot tell you specifically what he's distressed about, and may be misperceiving also. Contact his physician about this; your dad needs to be seen for increasing confusion & combativeness. Could be many possible medical issues trying to speak & need investigation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tremors in hands, weak legs, mem issues, cognitive decline, apathy, blurry vision, tach, headache, floaters...Could it be parkinsons? Dementia? Als?
Dad with parkinsons/lewy body dementia.Was eating on own, sitting in wheelchair, etc.3 days ago stopped eating, sleeping constant, in bed.Ideas?
I'm sorry about Dad: I trust that you and dad's physicians have discussed his wishes when he can no longer speak for himself. If he has an advance directive, it must be respected. Otherwise, if it is right to look for a cause (vascular, medication effect, metabolic problem), go ahead. It's clear you loved your dad enough to ask us. Many parents are not so fortunate. Cherish what time remains. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I gave my 89 year old father NyQuil yesterday and today he is very confused.
He has Parkinson's and mild dementia. Is this reversible?
Will get better: But, in the elderly with neurological diseases, they are very sensitive to medication side effects, and Nyquil can cause an anticholinergic reaction which makes this type of dementia temporarily worsen. Might contact your doctor to get a cholinesterase inhibitor such as Exelon patch, which would reverse much of this rapidly. ...Read more
Sort Of: At this time there are no medications specifically indicated for parkinson's dementia. I have used the current medications that are used for alzheimer's dementia as these are available. Coping mechanisms are the same for all dementia. Treat the brain as though it is a muscle and keep it exercised regularly. Stimulation like reading, playing cards, puzzles, and games. Also, physical exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I discovered that I have choroid plexus cysts at 33 yrs old. What the likely hood early onset of dementia, parkinson's, or any neurological disorder?
Any better alternative to risperidone, given its side effects, for me to discuss with my mom's doc? She had a TIA and developed occassional hallucinations. She has lewys body dementia/parkinsons.
Very individual: The cholinesterase inhibitors like rivastigmine (exelon) or donepezil (aricept) may be helpful. Low dose atypical antipsychotics may be needed but choosing one and dosing it often requires trial and error testing. A geriatric psychiatrist or behavioral neurologist may be needed, if available. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How strong is the link between being rem sleep disorder and developing Parkinson's/Lewy body dementia? Is this something to be very worried about?
Worry never helps: That said, there is great interest in the relationships. It's often the best early sign of the diseases. So, do talk w/ your Dr and pursue early treatment. That's been the best way to delay and arrest progress and minimize symptoms. Worry is costly and can make symptoms worse. Just be smart and do good research by asking good ?s and working w/ Dr on plans. I wish you the best! ...Read more
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