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My Grandmother has been diagnosed with the early stages of Dementia. Is this disease hereditary and if not, what can I do to prevent it?

My Grandmother has been diagnosed with the early stages of Dementia. Is this disease hereditary and if not, what can I do to prevent it?

Incomplete data: Research seems to suggest a genetic contribution but it is of uncertain strength and not to a single or even simple set of genes. Living longer has increased the numbers of people who decline cognitively but causes differ. Some are gradual and easier to deal w/. Some rapid and frightening. Healthy living in all respects is the best prevention-like strategy, but no one knows. If we did, Wow! ...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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What does senile dementia mean?

What does senile dementia mean?

Dementia: Loss of cognitive ability (ie dementia) that occurs in old age (senile). This could include alzheimers or multi infarct (from strokes). ...Read more

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What are the causes of senile dementia?

3 main causes: Alzheimer's disease, lewy body dementia and vascular dementia are the top 3 causes. Death of brain cells results from the abnormal accumulation of proteins in the first 2 disorders. Vascular refers to loss of brain cells from little stroke-like events that deprive them of nutrition. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of senile dementia?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of senile dementia?

Memory loss: Senile dementia, now more commonly called alzheimers disease presents intiallty with short term memory loss, but there may be behavioral changes as well. A dementia is diagnosed when one can no longer remain independent because of cognitive impairment. Other areas of brain function are affected as well including visuospatial, reasoning and the ability to perform basic activities of living. ...Read more

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What does senile dementia uncomplicated mean?

Old terminology: Senile dementia is an old term for what we now call late onset alzheimer's disease.. Uncompicated means without delusions, depression or other behavior disturbance. ...Read more

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What does "senile dementia, uncomplicated" mean?

What does "senile dementia, uncomplicated" mean?

Usually Alzheimers : before the 1970's Alzheimers was thought to be rare and develop before age 65. It was also wrongly thought that all older people developed senility or dementia. So the term senile dementia was used but this is now known to be late onset Alzheimer's. Uncomplicated usually means without behavior disturbance. ...Read more

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Is there hereditary component of senile dementia?

Is there hereditary component of senile dementia?

Yes to DAT and FTD: For early onset Alzheimer's, there are 3 rare genes that increase risk markedly. These are very rare. For late onset, there in one gene that elevates risk some. For frontotemporal dementias, genetics are behind about 40% of those cases. ...Read more

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I saw a term “pre-senile dementia”. What is that?

Old term: Not used that often anymore; used to refer to a person who developed dementia before 65, then felt to be the only form of alzheimer;s disease.... ...Read more

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Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

They are the same: It used to be thought that alzheimers only happened to young people-what we now call early onset alzheimers dementia. It was also thought that getting senile happened to all older adults. We now know senility and dementia are not normal aging. ...Read more

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