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Signs Symptoms Of Dementia
Memory problems: Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia. First there is trouble forming a memory and ultimately an inability to form a new memory. Word finding problems and trouble paying bills, driving safely, and making decisions follows. Frontotemporal lobe dementia often presents with personality change or trouble with using language. Lewy body dementia presents with visual hallucinations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seek evaluation: If you suspect that your brain is having major problems, seek an evaluation from a neurologist, psychiatrist or other health professional with experience in this area. There are conditions that can mimic dementia and early intervention may offer the best benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cognitive abili loss: Dementia is not merely a problem of memory. It reduces the ability to learn, reason, retain or recall past experience and there is also loss of patterns of thoughts, feelings and activities. Additional mental and behavioral problems often affect people who have dementia, and may influence quality of life, caregivers, and the need for institutionalization. ...Read more
Good Rx Available!!: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the signs and symptoms in your parents thatwould likely be the diagnosis of Lewy body dementia?
Lewy Body Dementia: Lewy body dementia (dlb) is a progressive brain disease with cognitive, behavioral, and motor system deterioration similar to that seen in parkinson's disease. Features include visual hallucinations, a fluctuating course, disorientation, and executive and visuospatial dysfunction with relatively spared language & memory function. Apathy, irritability, depression, and agitation are also common. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Behavior and dementi: Behavioral disturbances are frequently the most challenging manifestations of dementia and are exhibited in almost all people with dementia. Common behavioral disturbances can be grouped into four categories: mood disorders (e.g., depression, apathy, euphoria); sleep disorders (insomnia, hypersomnia, night-day reversal); psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations); and agitation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 71; memory is good but I am so distracted and can't seem to finish a task. Is it sign of dementia? I don't get joy from much in life.
See below: This is classical 10 warning signs and symptoms from web site of alzheimer association. http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.asp once you identify signs and symptoms, then please contact your primary care physician, geriatrician, neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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