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Symptoms Of Dementia In Men
Would it be unusual for an elderly man with dementia (not very advanced) & an underlying infection to have persistent sleeplessness as a symptom?
Very possible: Given the gentleman has dementia, it is very likely that a minor infection can cause delirium or even insomnia. Treating the underlying infection should sort the sleep disturbances out. Dementia by itself can cause sleep disturbance as part of the pathological process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What blood tests , to verify the heart functioning , can be performed to an elderly man (95 years old) with vascular dementia. Vasovagal syntoms.
Why do you ask?: Apart from labs to look for a recent heart attack, and natriuretic peptide to evaluate for pump failure, blood work isn't that helpful in this situation. ...Read more
This is classical 10 warning signs and symptoms from web site of Alzheimer's association.
once you identify signs and symptoms, then please contact your primary care physician, geriatrician, neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist. ...Read more
Early dementia: Behavioral and psychological symptoms (bps) are common in the older population and may be an indication of early dementia. Van der linde rm et al 2012 found that wandering and persecution were independently associated with progression to dementia. Early co morbid conditions include obsessive compulsive disorders with evolving paranoid symptoms such as fear of stealing behaviors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends . . .: There are many variables to consider when estimating life expectancy, even for dementia. On average, we often quote 10yrs average from Alzheimer's disease diagnosis to death but that differ dramatically depending upon other co-existing conditions/illnesses. 10yrs also assumes diagnosis before 70yo while only 4yrs if diagnosed after 90yo. Currently, average is 4.5yrs taking all above into account. ...Read more
It depends on Early!: Dementia is a syndrome presenting with significant decline in cognition, including short term memory, leading to behavioral problems and decline in ability to care for self. The onset is usually subtle, gradual and must be differentiated from other causes of imparement, like depression, delirium and normal aging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
First, see your: Family doctor to rule out any medical illnesses that can cause memory problems. If medically cleared, make an appointment with a geriatric psychiatrist for an evaluation. Memory problems can be caused by a number of things. The most important thing is to get the right diagnosis so you will get the right treatment! ...Read more
Symptoms may vary: In each person, but they include memory loss, trouble communicating, difficulty learning or remembering new information, trouble planning or organizing, trouble with coordination or motor functions, personality changes, inability to reason, inappropriate behavior, paranoia, agitation and hallucinations. These must be severe enough to interfer with daily life. ...Read more
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
Earliest Symptoms: Short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, language problems, word-finding difficulties, decreased judgment, loss of initiative, problems keeping track of things, disorientation to time or place, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, talk with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Memory is first: By definition, if you have dementia you have a problem with memory. Other symptoms include problems with language, trouble using objects like tools, trouble evaluating and processing information, trouble knowing that you have deficits. Other types of symptoms include delusions, hallucinations, depression, anxiety, aggression, disinhibition, irritability and mood lability. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personality change: There are several distinct types of ftld or fld. One type presents with apathy or disinhibited personality changes. This can slightly resemble depression or mania. Other types present with the gradual loss of the ability to speak starting with nouns. Finally a third form involves speech becoming more telegraphic then finally the person is mute. ...Read more
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
All older cases: Seems that for folk over 65 with a few symptoms like memory loss, confusion, difficult doing things they once could, irritability, loss of self care, etc. And no known cause like a stroke, the term is used. Since alzheimers is hard to DX until it progresses, ard may be the early diagnosis while tests are done and alternatives illness causes and behavioral issues are considered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Sundowning in dement: Sundowning" in demented individuals, as distinct clinical phenomena characterized by the emergence or increment of neuropsychiatric symptoms such as agitation, confusion, anxiety, and aggressiveness in late afternoon, in the evening, or at night. It appear to mediated the lack of melatonin production destroyed by dementia. Often keeping a small light in the room reduces symptoms. ...Read more