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Family tragedy. 2 sisters broke hips around 90. Both developed rapid-onset dementia within 6mo. Was it genetic or trauma or age-related?
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
5 doctors agree
In brief: Hard to say
If they had surgery then that may be more of a factor then the fracture.
Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia and in it conversational speech is preserved long into the illness so there may have been subtle signs before the fractures. If either one developed delirium that would also worsen cognition. For your risk, ask your primary care provider.

In brief: Hard to say
If they had surgery then that may be more of a factor then the fracture.
Alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia and in it conversational speech is preserved long into the illness so there may have been subtle signs before the fractures. If either one developed delirium that would also worsen cognition. For your risk, ask your primary care provider.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: None of the above
Rapid onset dementia, unless produced by a stroke, is depression until proven otherwise.
In psychiatry, we use the term pseudo dementia. Depression in the geriatric population often presents with significant cognitive impairments that is treatable with the correct antidepressant.

In brief: None of the above
Rapid onset dementia, unless produced by a stroke, is depression until proven otherwise.
In psychiatry, we use the term pseudo dementia. Depression in the geriatric population often presents with significant cognitive impairments that is treatable with the correct antidepressant.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Likely a combination
Of all 3.

In brief: Likely a combination
Of all 3.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Both
It is always difficult to comment on a specific case without all the facts, but it is fair to say that hip fractures are extremely common at age 90.
I would not consider a hip fracture at age 90 to demonstrate exceptional genetic risk. Likewise, sometimes dementia can rapidly accelerate in the 90s even when fine before especially if other factors such as grief or injury weaken coping abilities.

In brief: Both
It is always difficult to comment on a specific case without all the facts, but it is fair to say that hip fractures are extremely common at age 90.
I would not consider a hip fracture at age 90 to demonstrate exceptional genetic risk. Likewise, sometimes dementia can rapidly accelerate in the 90s even when fine before especially if other factors such as grief or injury weaken coping abilities.
Dr. Michael Klein
Dr. Michael Klein
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