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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?
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
Memory problems: Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. ...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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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 more
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
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 more
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 more
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
Head trauma, HIV/AID: This is not common, but it can happen. A full workup of labs and neuro-psych tests and imaging along with a full family and personal history might shed light on it. Alzheimer's web sites may also offer links and information. It's a hard thing to deal with, best wishes! ...Read more
Cognitive decline: Losses in mental functioning beyond normal aging - often short term memory may come first but other abilities may also be affected - planning, judgement, personality, temper, etc. There are several types with different profiles and they can progress fast, slowly or not at all. Alzheimer's, vascular(stroke), trauma, hiv/aids, lewey body are some very distinct types you might have heard of. Be well. ...Read more
Talk with your doc: About what you are seeing. Your doc wants your wife to function at her highest possible level. And, he may be able to explain why you are seeing what you see. ...Read more
What are the possible underlying medical problems that can cause dementia-like symptoms? for middle aged women.
Dementia symptoms: Require exam by your doctor. One possibility is a circulatory cause but here are more likely other causes. Consider using coconut oil. See a nutritionally oriented practitioner for dose. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Memory: Dementia usually begins as a slow steady decline in short term memory and then long term memory follows. In the beginning many people dismiss these lapses in memory. If you feel your father is suffering from dementia then have his health care provider discuss his symptoms and discuss evaluation. ...Read more
AD is a dementia: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgement and other symptoms. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia. In Alzheimers problems forming new memories, trouble with word finding, getting lost and difficulty with problem solving are common. ...Read more
No - very different: Anxiety includes emotions of dread, apprehension ; worry, and physical symptoms such as pounding heart, sweating, tremors/twitches, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, muscle tension, and headaches. Dementia is completely different -- it's a loss of brain function affecting memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. A person with dementia may certainly feel anxious, though. ...Read more
Lewy body dementia: Is a type of cognitive decline hallmarked by recurrent visual hallucinations, spontaneous extrapyramidal symptoms, and cognitive fluctuations. ...Read more