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What Motor Skills Dementia Patient Lose First
Why would the location of a dementia patient now be suddenly considered confidential, with visitors now needing to call the fiduciary's office first?
Elder male dementia patient sleeping 15+ hrs/day. What are causes? losing weight due to missing meals though appetite remains very good generally.
In San Diego we: have APS--Adult Protective Services. It's the adult verion of CPS (Child), and is designed to assess elders who may need assistance with hygiene, food, shelter, money management, etc. APS usually has a psychiatric component to help assess mental capacity and any needs for assistance (caregivers,medical, social programs, placement in facilities--all as needed). ...Read more
Yes but . . .: I can't diagnose any loss over the internet! my recommendation is to document your concerns w/your family physician and ask for referral to an occupational therapist for an evaluation. At the very least, you can determine your current status and use this as a baseline for repeat assessment in 6-12mo or so. If there's an obvious deficit, then your doc can initiate an evaluation and/or refer to neur. ...Read more
What is the name of that disease where you lose all your motor skills and their hand shakes uncontrollably?
I have an unknown problem where I lose my motor skills. My legs become numb and in extreme pain. Any suggestions to help the pain and regain use?
Anxiety, see PCP: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include heart palpitations, nausea, tingling, insomnia, dry mouth, speech impairment, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can provide you with treatment options. ...Read more
This is hard: The american acadmeny of neurology has developed guidelines on this which are available online. Anyone with dementia is at higher risk of being in an accident then those without dementia. If someone can pass a road driving test, they are more likely to be safe driving. Most people and those who care about them underestimate the danger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pets and Health: Interacting with pets can be healing for any of us, including if we get dementia. In dementia, we may lose a lot of verbal memory but can respond to affection and unconditional love. Who provides this better than a beloved pet? As long as the dementia patient and pet are safe together, this can be helpful. It may not cure the dementia, but can provide needed stimulation and comfort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Commonly, infection: Patients with advanced dementia develop worsening swallowing difficulties; they aspirate while eating/drinking. Can even aspirate on their own saliva, leading to pneumonia. Common causes of death = infection (e.g. Pneumonia, bladder, blood stream), dehydration and malnutrition. Main thing to understand: decline is natural progression of dementia and to keep loved ones comfortable when end is near. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No single answer: There are several types of dementia , like any other sever illness they are associated with decreased life expectation. It varies a lot, i.E creutzfeldt jacob dementia life expectation is counted in months while that of alzheimers dementia can be years. It is also affected by the general medical care available to the patient suffering from it. I hope this answers your question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: This depends on how far the dementia has advanced. In the early stages of dementia, yes they can definitely know "who" is visiting -- even if their stories seem confusing or are repeated multiple times. Later, they may not seem to recognize you specifically, but they can enjoy when people show care for them. Even at the end, you still know who they are -- so visits are still worthwhile. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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