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What is subcortical dementia?

What is subcortical dementia?

Definition: In most kinds of dementia, autopsy reveals widespread degeneration in the cerebral cortex - such as the plaques and tangles which are the hallmark of alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia are therefore sometimes classed as "cortical dementias." in other kinds of dementia, there is targeted damage to regions lying under the cortex, giving rise to sub cortical dementia. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more


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My dad has Parkinson's & dementia and gets angry, he wont take his tablets or cooperate. What can we do when he gets like this?

My dad has Parkinson's & dementia and gets angry, he wont take his tablets or cooperate. What can we do when he gets like this?

Difficult situation: This sounds like a very difficult situation that periodically gets worse. It can be hard to take care of a demented family member. He cannot tell you specifically what he's distressed about, and may be misperceiving also. Contact his physician about this; your dad needs to be seen for increasing confusion & combativeness. Could be many possible medical issues trying to speak & need investigation. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the differences between Alzheimer's and vascular dementia?

I was wondering what are the differences between Alzheimer's and vascular dementia?

Briefly,: Ad progresses slowly, but it does progress. Vd occurs suddenly and stabilizes. With additional incidents, it again abruptly worsens, then stabilizes. Depending on the site of the damage, motor function will or will not be involved. Ad may take a long time to effect motor ability. It's a bit like "disease vs injury". Below is a link since 400 chars is too little. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Can dementia be cured?

Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure. ...Read more

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How to know you may have dementia?

May be challenging: We do accept that subjective cognitive impairment may be a valid complaint of an impending dementia. But many medications can cause cognitive clouding, especially in older folks, and thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency, and elevated homocysteine could be issue. Small strokes and early onset of alzheimers perhaps. Neuropsych testing is best approach, but start with your doc. ...Read more

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How often should I answer the same question asked over and over by loved one with dementia?

It Depends On You: Answering the same question over & over & over again requires lots of patience and love. If you find yourself becoming frustrated, irritated, impatient, etc, it's time to do something else. We suggest redirection & distraction. With that said, there's no reason to put yourself in that situation. As soon as you realize the same question is being asked, start redirecting & distracting your loved one. ...Read more

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What are effects of pets on people with dementia?

Positive: It has become clear that pets regularly brought into environment of demented patients living in a home setting or a nursing home is very beneficial. They smile more, are less agitated, become more alert, talk more expressing more appropriate emotions and are less depressed. The overall efffect is very positive and therapeutic. ...Read more

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Are people with dementia still wise?

Yes: Yes they are still wise in many areas. Memory loss and confusion typically start with difficulty in forming new memories and gradually progress into other areas. Factual knowledge is retrieved in a different manner that personal memories. The degree of dementia determines which areas are most profoundly affected so a person can be wise but unable to identify familiar individuals. ...Read more

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How do you treat/care for dementia?

Individualize: The treatment of dementia is varied based on the type of the behavior the patient is presented, the availibility of primary caregiver, the level of cooperation, prior/current medications use, the currrent environmental setting and medical conditions. So there are many way to treat or to control symptoms for dementia and therefore it needs to be individualize. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is dementia?

Neurological: Dementia is a clinical term that means a progressive impairment of thinking abilities (often but not always memory) that interferes with the person's abilities to perform their usual daily activities. Many types of disorders can cause dementia. Some, such as low thyroid, low vitamin B12 or severe depression are treatable. Others such as alzheimer's disease have some treatments but cannot be cured. ...Read more

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