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Doctor insights on: Sudden Onset Dementia

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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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I told someone yesterday I would get them surprise. Today I totally forgot about getting and giving gift. Reminded by person. Early onset dementia?

I told someone yesterday I would get them surprise. Today I totally forgot about getting and giving gift. Reminded by person. Early onset dementia?

Unlikely: Stress, overload, sleep deprivation, anxiety are a few of many reasons we may "normally" forget something that causes worry or embarrassment. Ask a trusted friend or family member if they think you're more forgetful. If memory problems persist to the point of disrupting your work, relationships or overall functioning or you'd like more reassurance, see your pcp for an evaluation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can nuvigil mitigate symptoms of early onset dementia? Is there a more effective drug to help combat the cognitive symptoms?

Can nuvigil mitigate symptoms of early onset dementia?  Is there a more effective drug to help combat the cognitive symptoms?

Ask your neurologist: It is my understanding that Nuvigil is a drug promoting wakefulness and is used for such conditions as sleep disorders or fatigue disorders. There are other drugs, such as aricept, Exelon (rivastigmine) , razadyne or Namenda which are used for early stages of dementia. This drugs help to slow down the trajectory of cognitive decline. Your neurologist will be the one to tell you which drug is best for you. ...Read more

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Can a fall which was a serious hit on the forehead cause early onset of dementia. I was 62 when i fell and am now 65. I now have major confusion an.

Can a fall which was a serious hit on the forehead cause early onset of dementia.  I was 62 when i fell and am now 65.  I now have major confusion an.

Depends?: Post-concussive symptoms sometimes linger, but your problems may not be related to the head injury. If there is any family history of dementia, you may want to have a good work up. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of early onset dementia? What is the progression of the disease? Can it cause apathy and short term memory issues? Unreality?

What are the symptoms of early onset dementia? What is the progression of the disease? Can it cause apathy and short term memory issues? Unreality?

Early onset dementia: Early signs of dementia include forgetting recently learned information, changes in the ability to solve problems and work with numbers, trouble finishing tasks, trouble with spatial relationships, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn, changes in personality, and poor judgement. Dementia can cause apathy and short term memory issues. The progression depends on the cause of the dementia. ...Read more

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Family tragedy. 2 sisters broke hips around 90. Both developed rapid-onset dementia within 6mo. Was it genetic or trauma or age-related?

Hard to say: If they had surgery then that may be more of a factor then the fracture. Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia and in it conversational speech is preserved long into the illness so there may have been subtle signs before the fractures. If either one developed delirium that would also worsen cognition. For your risk, ask your primary care provider. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with early onset dementia at 36, what is life expectancy like? Any promising treatment to be ready in the next 5 years to delay?

Diagnosed with early onset dementia at 36, what is life expectancy like? Any promising treatment to be ready in the next 5 years to delay?

Talk to your doctor : I recommend evaluation and treatment by a doctor who specializes in dementia. If you were my patient or family member, I would want a second opinion to confirm the diagnosis. Also, I would have to know the underlying cause of the dementia. There are many causes: Alzheimers, Vascular, mixed, alcohol, Lewy Body, Pick's, etc. The type and cause determines treatment and prognosis. My best wishes to u! ...Read more

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Is long or short term memory loss a sign of the onset of dementia or alzheimer?

Can be: Classically loss of memory for recent events is the early sign, however one has to be careful to exclude normal forgetfulness . In advance alzheimer all types of memory are lost! ...Read more