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Why would the location of a dementia patient now be suddenly considered confidential, with visitors now needing to call the fiduciary's office 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?

Depends on details: Privacy and concerns regarding potential exploitation often are key to these types of decisions. However, most states have ombudsmen who work at facilities. You can contact them if you have concerns. ...Read more

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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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Elder male dementia patient sleeping 15+ hrs/day. What are causes? losing weight due to missing meals though appetite remains very good generally.

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

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Is it possible that i'm losing my fine motor skills?

Is it possible that i'm losing my fine motor skills?

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

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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?

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

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I'm 3 mos s/p c6-7 acdfp. When can I return to work full-time as pt in nursing home? I do have to transfer and lift patients frail w/ and w/o dementia

Ask your doctors: The doctors who've been following your progress are much better equipped to answer your question than doctors who've never met you. Returning to work after such procedures depends on how you were before surgery, and how you're recovering. If you're working with a physical medicine ; rehab physician along with the surgeons who operated, those would be the ideal doctors to ask. ...Read more

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How long can a dementia patient live?

How long can a dementia patient live?

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 more

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Can someone help me with understanding how to help a patient with dementia?

Can someone help me with understanding how to help a patient with dementia?

Depends on a stage: You'll need a lot of patience. Many activities will depend on the stage. If in mild stages and living at home, there are adult day health care centers that will take care of the patient during the day. If dementia is more advanced, the decisions about placing someone at the skilled nursing facility should be made -- the safety, medication, nutrition, stimulation will be addressed. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with dementia?

Quite a few: As the population ages doctors are seeing more and more patients with varying degrees of dementia. In some cases the dementia is due to a treatable medical condition. In others the progression of the dementia can be slowed with treatment. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for dementia patients?

Dementia Tx: Tx depends on the cause of the dementia. For example, discontinuing medications that add to confusion, treating anemia or heart problems or low oxygen or infections or depression or nutritional deficits, treating the behavior problems such as psychosis or unstable moods with medications, slowing the progression with Aricept or Exelon (rivastigmine) or namenda, correcting hearing or vision problems, group activit. ...Read more

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