Dementia

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person's daily functioning. Dementia is not a disease itself, but rather a group of symptoms that are caused by various diseases or conditions.

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Hi I take care of my 88 yr old mother who had a UTI , they gave her cipro, but had to take her back to the er, the next dr said cipro wouldn't work so he pesrcribed Bactrim , which she had a bad reaction to not sleeping , confused, shaking, sorry she has Dementia, I stoped giving the Bactrim but im afraid she still has the UTI, is there another drug she can use

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I presume an urine culture and sensitivity test has been done to help the doctor prescribe the correct antibiotic. It will not be possible for me to suggest the correct antiobiotic without that test report.
The side effects could be due to the UTI itself and not due to Bactrim.
Having this in...

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If you have dementia and have a big intake of sugar at one sitting can it lead to aggressive behaviour? I have a family member who brings a whole packet of biscuits and large bag of lollies to his nursing home that he can devour in one sitting. Later he seems to become quite aggressive? Or is this just normal behaviour for dementia patients?

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Hi,

Large intake of sugar has been linked to aggressive behavior in both children and adults. There have been many studies to confirm this but results are inconclusive. In my view, since you have clearly noticed a temporal relationship between sugar intake and aggressive behavior, it will make...

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Hello,
My name is XXXXX.
My 82 yr old mother has dementia and is in a hospital now. She is on an IV drip to maintain her fluids. She seems to be more coherent when she is on the drip. I was wondering if some of her issue could be an electrolyte imbalance or deficiency. Mio has a "fit" version that contains electrolytes. Would there be any harm in giving her electrolytes on a regular basis? Could an electrolyte imbalance be preventing her from being more coherent given that she does have dementia?
Thank You!

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Brief Answer:
she may have delirium

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Dementia is the loss of the ability to think, remember, understand and respond appropriately and carry out day to day activities.

Alzheimer's is just one of the causes of dementia.

Dehydration and...

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I had an MRI of my brain done because of a diagnosis of dementia. I'm 69 and have CLL. The findings say 1. no acute intracranial abnormality, 2. atrophy, 3. Chronic microvascular ischemic disease. The doctor then said it confirmed I had dementia, but didnt tell me anything more specific. I called back and the nurse said consult a neurologist this isnt out specility. I want to know if this indicates i have alzhemiers or not?

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Hi,

Thanks for your query.

The above MRI scan report indicates the presence of age related atrophy (degeneration of the brain) and chronic ,minor blood vessel disease.Both the above conditions can cause dementia due to loss of neurons and their supporting cells.Such a condition is seen in many...

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Hi My mom is 80 yrs old and she is in a nursing home. She has dementia and alzheimer. She drank a lot for many years. She is getting angry, nervous, halucinating sometimes and she sometimes doesn't know my name. She can not comprehend she is the mother and I am the daughter. I visit and take care of her every day at the nursing home. She is on tranzone at night. Now they want to put her on Seroquel 12.5. I research this medicine and it said don't give to older adults with dementia. She really doesn't want to walk. Most of her days she is angry. What can she take to take the edge off. I don't want her to be sleeping all day like some of the patients are. Can you help me.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

I agree with you that use of antipsychotic agents like Seroquel in patients with dementia is associated with an increased risk of death. But since she has severe dementia and also has developed psychotic symptoms because of which she is angry and hallucinates, medications other than...

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What is a safe sleep medicine for an 85 yr. old woman recovering from pelvic fracture, and showing signs of medication and/or trauma induced dementia - not sleeping day or night, except for occasional short naps. She has never been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's.

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Hi,
I would suggest trying Temazepam in a low dose to start with. You will need to know her weight before prescribing. Often 10mg is a suitable dose.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger

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Hello, My mother has dementia from a stroke she suffered during a 12 hour heart surgery to build a mitro valvle on a conduit. for over two weeks she has had swelling in her feet ankles and legs with a red rash. I have to break up her metaprolol so she can swallow it. Her cardiologist upped her furosemide 5 days ago from 20mg to 40mg, but the swelling and rash are still there. I have tried to keep her feet elevated, but with her dementia it is a challenge. Her doctor has not seen her yet...Is this possibly heart related?

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HI
Thank for asking to HCM
I can understand your worry, look dementia can be considered age related right now until and unless proved, it could be due to surgery but the chances of this is very unlikely because the surgical team taking extra care for blood supply towards the brain and they left...

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Yes, I am worried sick about my sister; her doctor said that she has dementia but her short term memory is getting worse all time; she is forgetting how to cook for one thing; she had company over the weekend; theyleft to run into town and she forgot that they would be back and went to bed. she rremembers things that happened years ago when she was a child. Her doctor hasn't perscribed any medicine for alhermiers and her husband is just satting there waiting. she is 83 years old what should we do?

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for the query to H.C M. Forum.
83 years old, memory weak.
Old age in itself is a disease .
SENILE DEGENERATION is a type of disorder in which as age advance patient's memory diminishes.
This is natural process.
Bharamhi is an ayurvedic drug which increases the memory.
I have tried...

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My husband has recently been diagnosed with dementia and is in an assisted living facility (discharged from hospital one week ago to the facility.) I believe he is in the middle stages, memory difficulties, some disinhibition, okay with ADL s, definite personality change. He is 75 years old. How can I estimate life expectancy? I am absorbing emotional realities, but also must plan financially.

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Hello.
I feel sorry for your husband for having suffered from a illness which has not yet been defeated by the medical sciences. I understand that he is quite old (75 yrs)and also had to be hospitalized for his dementia and is living in an assisted living facility. He will most probably live for...

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My 90 year old father is completely pacemaker dependent, but has had a stroke, is wheelchair bound and now has dementia. Difficult to get him to a cardiologist office. What will happen to him if the battery gets low?

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ref my father: 88, stroke 10 years ago, vascular dementia 4 years, eating well, drinking 2 ltrs water a day, catheter. Stools sloppy or soft, urine production low (was 1ltr plus, gradually dropped to 200 mils overnight). Concerned colon shutting down.

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My 82 year old grand mother is having these symptoms; Swollen joints, Constipation, High-Iron, Swollen & Stomach with pain, Sensitivity-to-sweet. This all started after eating pizza three days ago. She's not diabetic but dose have high blood pressure & dementia. What should we do? Take her to the ED?

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I would like to try Huperzine A for my husband who has early onset dementia . Have you ever suggested this supplement safely to anyone before?

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Currently taking Zonegram for migraines, lexapro for mild depression and cymbalta for mild depression a anxiety . along with adderall for years i have been complaining of not being able to find words, and forgetfullness. I was tested about 1 year...

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