Dementia
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Dementia, or memory loss, can be caused by many things, including stroke (vascular dementia), Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia with no known cause at this point. Other forms of dementia are frontal lobe dementia, which causes severe personality change, and Lewy body dementia, which causes severe visual hallucinations. Not all dementia is progressive.

Early Signs of Dementia

  • Forgetting words and learned information
  • Difficulty with mental and simple tasks
  • Poor judgment
  • Losing way in familiar places
  • Misplacing things
  • Suspicious, fearful, clinging
  • Passive, with rapid mood swings

Signs and symptoms

People suffering from dementia may show the following symptoms:

  • Physical and verbal outbursts
  • Emotional distress
  • Restlessness
  • Hallucinations: seeing or hearing things that are not there
  • Delusions: unreal beliefs
  • It is NOT a natural part of aging.
  • It is NOT fatal.
  • It does NOT affect only old people.
  • It is NOT caused by Aluminium, Aspartame, Flu shots, or dental fillings with silver.
  • There is no known herbal cure.

Myths about dementia

  • It is NOT a natural part of aging.
  • It is NOT fatal.
  • It does NOT affect only old people.
  • It is NOT caused by Aluminium, Aspartame, Flu shots, or dental fillings with silver.
  • There is no known herbal cure.

Preparing for dementia

Legal Issues will need to be addressed with patients in the early stages of dementia, including:

  • A do not resuscitate order,with or without a physician order
  • A living will that defines medical treatments to be honored
  • Durable power of attorney for health care to address issues such as:
    • Appointing a patient advocate
    • Administering of lifesaving treatment
    • Mental health treatment
  • Organ donation

 

For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital’s neurology services or a referral to a Sinai-Grace neurologist, call 313-966-4800.